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Ethical Research Involving Children (ERIC) is an ongoing collaborative partnership between the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University, Australia, and UNICEF’s Office of Research, Innocenti.

It was borne out of shared international concern that the human dignity of children be honoured and their rights and wellbeing respected in all research, regardless of context.

The seeds for the ERIC initiative were sown in conversations and meetings within the Childwatch International Research Network (comprising 50 global child research centres) during 2004-2011. An extensive research and development process then followed, involving an international survey (Powell, Graham, Taylor, Newell & Fitzgerald, 2011), literature reviews (Powell, Fitzgerald, Taylor and Graham (2012)) and consultations with over 400 researchers across the Global North and South, supported by UNICEF and the Childwatch International Research Network (for more detail on the history and process see below). In 2013, the ERIC resources were launched as a 210-page Compendium and this companion website. The full original ERIC compendium (Graham, Powell, Taylor, Anderson & Fitzgerald, 2013) remains very relevant and is available to download as a pdf file (available in English, français, español, 한국어, Türkçe and Bahasa Indonesia).

The on-going partnership in resourcing and maintaining the ERIC website continues to evolve. In addition to the ERIC Charter and Guidance, this website now houses a growing bank of international case studies, an online interactive glossary, a specially curated library of the latest literature on ethical research involving children and an expert blog, with contributions from leading international scholars and others engaged in cutting-edge research involving children. The website is accessed in over 185 countries, with opportunities for researchers of all levels of experience to connect and contribute.

ERIC gives voice and direction to shared ethical interests, concerns and practice in research involving children. Welcome to the ERIC community!