Ethical Research Involving Children

UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti

This compendium is part of an international project entitled Ethical Research Involving Children (ERIC). ERIC has been motivated by a shared international concern that the human dignity of children is honoured, and that their rights and well-being are respected in all research, regardless of context. To help meet this aim, the ERIC compendium acts as a tool to generate critical thinking, reflective dialogue and ethical decision-making, and to contribute to improved research practice with children across different disciplines, theoretical and methodological standpoints, and international contexts. Emphasis is placed on the need for a reflexive approach to research ethics that fosters dynamic, respectful relationships between researchers, children, families, communities, research organizations, and other stakeholders. Hence, the content of this ERIC compendium moves beyond prescriptive approaches to encourage a more critical engagement with ethical issues and contemporary research practices across the multiple sectors and national/international contexts in which these take place.

Graham, A., Powell, M., Taylor, N., Anderson, D. & Fitzgerald, R.
UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti