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Advice Checklist

We believe it is your right to see a request and for you to decide whether or not you agree with the aims and wish to respond. Please be aware that the posting of these requests does not necessarily mean we agree with their purpose. If you do respond, we ask you to be clear that you are speaking personally and not on behalf of SMA Support UK.

Surveys and Consultations

We suggest you check out, and are satisfied with, the answers to the following questions:

  • Who is commissioning this work?
  • Why are they doing this?
  • What is the purpose? 
  • What will happen with the information I give?
  • How will my privacy be protected?
  • Where will the results be published?
  • Has relevant ethics approval been given?

Campaigns and petitions

We suggest you check out, and are satisfied with, the answers to the following questions:

  • Who has started this campaign / petition?
  • Why are they doing this?
  • What is the purpose?
  • Are the facts it refers to correct? 

BEFORE TALKING TO THE MEDIA

We suggest you check out, and are satisfied with, the answers to the following questions:

  • Who is commissioning this work?
  • What is the purpose? (e.g. general interest?/awareness?/to back a particular argument?)
  • Where, when and how will the finished article or programme be published, shown or broadcast?
  • What are the benefits of doing this?
  • How will my privacy be protected?
  • Is there a contract involved?
  • Will I see the article/video/story/programme before it goes out?
  • Will I have any option to edit?
  • Will I have the option to withdraw consent at any stage?