ASK SNIFF is a programme of research, run by the Safety Netting Collaboration, whose aim is to develop video based information resources to help families with young children understand signs and symptoms of acute illness so that they can spot when their child is sick. These resources are also intended to support communication between families and health professionals. ASK SNIFF is a collaboration between parents & carers, higher education institutions, NHS Trusts and the charity or third sector in the UK. Our team has a wealth of parental, academic and clinical expertise relating to assessment and management of the acutely sick child.

Projects include:

  • Acutely Sick Kid Safety-net Review and Analysis (ASK SaRA):The aim of this project was to identify the effectiveness of information resources to help parents decide when to seek medical care for an acutely sick child under 5 years of age, including the identification of factors influencing effectiveness, by systematically reviewing the literature.
  • Acutely Sick Kid Parent Information Project (ASK PIP): This project aimed to identify parent’s and health care professional’s use of information resources during decision making in acute childhood illness at home.
  • Acutely Sick Kid Safety-netting Intervention Development (ASK SID): The purpose of this project was to identify the content, presentation and delivery methods for an information resource to help parents decide when to seek help for a sick child.
  • Acutely Sick Kid Parent Education and Training resource (ASK PETra): The purpose of this project was to develop the specific content to be included within the safety netting intervention tool for the parents and carers of an acutely ill child.
  • Acutely Sick Kid Video Capture (ASK ViC): This ongoing project is capturing video of sick children presenting to accident and emergency departments. These videos are then edited into short clips for embedding into the safety netting tool.

Safety Netting Collaboration

  • Professor Sarah Neill, Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth, UK and Associate Professor in Children’s Nursing, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia.
  • Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, Professor of Integrated Community Child Health, Population, Policy & Practice Dept, University College London, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, UK.
  • Dr Damian Roland, Consultant and Honorary Associate Professor in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Leicester Royal Infirmary and University of Leicester, UK.
  • Mrs Sue Palmer-Hill, Research and Development Manager, Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, UK
  • Dr Alison Tavaré, Independent General Practitioner, Bristol, UK.
  • Natasha Bayes, Researcher, University of Northampton, UK.

Twitter: @ASKSNIFF

Funded by: University of Leicester, University of Oxford, WellChild charity.