Ethical Research Involving Children

Children’s rights and research processes: Assisting children to (in)formed views.

Lundy, L., & McEvoy, L. (2012). Children’s rights and research processes: Assisting children to (in)formed views. Childhood, 19(1). pp. 129-144.

Abstract: Acknowledging children as rights-holders has significant implications for research processes. What is distinctive about a children’s rights informed approach to research is a focus not only on safe, inclusive and engaging opportunities for children to express their views but also on deliberate strategies to assist children in the formation of their views. The article reflects on a body of work with children as co-researchers and as participants and demonstrates that building capacity on the substantive research issues enables children to contribute more confidently. It concludes with a conceptualization of this approach integrating relevant international children’s rights standards. (The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Childhood, 19/1, 02/2012 by SAGE Publications, Ltd., All rights reserved. © Sage Publications Ltd.)

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