Ethical Research Involving Children

Informed consent guidelines re minors (including orphans and vulnerable children (ovc)) and parental substitutes.

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) (South Africa). (2010). Informed consent guidelines re minors (including orphans and vulnerable children (ovc)) and parental substitutes. Pretoria, South Africa: HSRC.

Extract from introduction (p. 1): “Important and necessary research is being conducted throughout the country by HSRC and other institutions using minors as participants. Minors are required, in principle, to be assisted by their parent/guardian in the informed consent process. However, many of the minors under consideration do not have parents and very few have a court-appointed guardian. This poses a problem for researchers who wish enrol such minors as participants in research projects because, currently, there is no clear guidance regarding legally acceptable substitute persons who might perform the parental role in the informed consent process.”

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