Informed consent with children and young people in social research: is there scope for innovation?

Sarah Parsons, Georgina Sarah Sherwood, Chris Abbott

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    Abstract

    Over 20 years of research has enhanced our understanding about the methodological and ethical benefits and challenges of involving children and young people in research. Concurrently, the increasing bureaucratisation of research ethics governance within UK universities has reified expectations about the methods used to gain informed consent for research participation. This paper explores how social researchers in the UK are navigating this tension and whether there is any scope for innovation through the use of technologies in how children and young people provide informed consent to take part in research. We conclude there is a need for the co-creation of research information with children and young people and greater transparency by sharing creative solutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)132–145
    Number of pages14
    JournalChildren and Society
    Volume30
    Issue number2
    Early online date17 Mar 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

    Keywords

    • digital technologies
    • ethics
    • informed consent
    • participation
    • children
    • research ethics committees

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