Ethical Research Involving Children

Book Review of ‘The right to be properly researched. How to do rights-based, scientific research with children: A set of ten manuals for field researchers.’

Robson, E. (2011). Book Review of ‘The right to be properly researched. How to do rights-based, scientific research with children: A set of ten manuals for field researchers’. Children & Society, 25(4), pp. 341-342.

Excerpt from Introduction: Judith Ennew and her large international team of co-authors are to be congratulated on their production of what is a very detailed and clear set of step-by-step guides on how to do rights-based scientific research with children. The manuals stem from the assertion that children and young people have the right to be researched properly’ a position based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This set of manuals shows how researchers (especially those without academic qualifications in social science) can use the CRC to inspire and inform their research with children. It is envisaged that these manuals will be used by NGO field researchers, consultants and other researchers to design and carry out research with children in a way that is scientifically rigorous so that it can be taken seriously to usefully and accurately inform policy and programme development. (Extract published by arrangement with Wiley Subscription Services, Inc.).

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