Literature review: Ethical and consent issues in involving children and young people in research
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Involving children in participatory research raises a number of ethical and access challenges, which highlight the need to better understand the nature and impacts of participatory research in relation to children. This compendium of papers delivered at the Involving Children and Young People in Research Think Tank seeks to do just that.
The Think Tank, co-hosted by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and the New South Wales (NSW) Commission for Children and Young People was held on 11 November 2008. It was organised to bring together researchers and policy makers from many disciplines and sectors to discuss the nature of the experience of participatory research with children and young people. The dual focus of the day was to discuss considerations and issues — both positive and negative — that have featured in this research, and to identify ways of moving forward with these issues in the future.
This compendium is supported by a literature review (Appendix 2) which examines the ethical and methodological contexts in which research conversations have begun around the world in relation to children’s capacities to act as protagonists in their own lives.
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