ERIC is a joint project between UNICEF’s Office of Research, Innocenti, the Childwatch International Research Network, the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University, Australia, and the Children’s Issues Centre at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
In 1988 the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) established a research centre to support its advocacy for children worldwide, to identify and research current and future areas of UNICEF’s work and to help facilitate full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in developing, middle-income and industrialized countries. The Office aims to set out a comprehensive framework for research and knowledge within the organization in support of its global programs and policies. Through strengthening research partnerships with leading academic institutions and development networks in both the North and South, the Office seeks to leverage additional resources and influence in support of efforts towards policy reform in favour of children.
The Childwatch International Research Network is a global, non‐profit, non-governmental network of institutions that collaborate in child research for the purpose of promoting child rights and improving children’s well‐being around the world. In 2010, the Childwatch Board approved the establishment of a new Thematic Study Group to undertake an international scoping project entitled Building Capacity for Ethical Research with Children and Young People. The current Ethical Research Involving Children (ERIC) project emerged from this early work that identified the need for information and resources that can contribute to ethical, respectful research in different cultural and social contexts.
The Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP) engages in research, education and advocacy activities to improve policy and practice concerning the wellbeing of children and young people. Established in 2004, the CCYP has built a strong reputation internationally and within Australia for quality, high impact research. The CCYP approach is collaborative involving multidisciplinary researchers, policy makers, practitioners and young people. The activities of the CCYP are informed and guided by the rights articulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Children’s Issues Centre aims to conduct and disseminate research of the highest international quality that promotes understanding of the underpinnings of well-being among children and families. The Centre serves as an interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and educators with basic and applied interests in advancing knowledge about children, families and the contexts within which they live. The Centre takes a research orientation to its work, with a practice and policy purpose to its output.