Parent experience of goal setting at The Children’s Trust


Our research aims to find out the opinions of parents on the process of setting rehabilitation goals for their child. The study is also going to investigate whether any parts of the goal setting process can be improved. Previous research has found that there were many differences between families in how much parents wanted to be included in goal setting and what goals were important to parents. There has also been research showing that when parents were actively involved in goal setting, it was more likely that they would support their child positively throughout their therapy programme.

Research outline

40 parents will be included in the study- no children are involved. All the parents will have children with a moderate to severe acquired brain injury on a rehabilitation package at The Children's Trust. Information will be gathered through interviews:
  • A clinical psychologist will approach parents to ask them if they would like to be part of the study
  • If parents want to be involved, an interview will be arranged with a clinical psychologist lasting around 30- 40 minutes
  • Parents can then ask for feedback if they would like


This study has been through an ethics committee procedure and we are ready to start recruitment. It may take a year to complete all of the parent interviews.


Louise Owen, Clinical Psychologist