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The Ethics of Research with Children and Young People

The Ethics of Research with Children and Young People
A Practical Handbook

Second Edition

August 2020 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
A practical guide to carrying out ethical research with children and young people, this practical handbook examines the ethical questions that arise at each stage of research, from first plans to dissemination and impact. Illustrated with case studies from international and inter-disciplinary research, it offers advice for addressing each ethical question, issue or uncertainty. Including:

• A showcase of the best practice on a range of topics including data protection 
• Practical guidance for responding to recent global changes in policy and practice in ethics and law
• Discussion of the challenges and opportunities of digital research with children

The updated second edition continues to provide an excellent resource for those exploring the old, current and new consensuses on the ethics of researching with children.
Introduction: Why ethics matters
Part I: The planning stages
Chapter 1: Planning the research: Purpose and methods
Chapter 2: Assessing harms and benefits
Chapter 3: Respect for rights: Privacy and confidentiality
Chapter 4: Designing research: Selection and participation
Chapter 5: Money matters: Contracts, funding research, and paying participants
Chapter 6: Reviewing aims and methods: Ethics guidance and committees
Part II: The data collecting stage
Chapter 7: Information
Chapter 8: Consent
Part III: The writing, reporting and follow up stages
Chapter 9: Disseminating and implementing the findings
Chapter 10: The impact on children and young people

This clear and engaging book challenges and guides researchers and ethics panels alike to consider the child as central in all stages of a research cycle. Bravo!

Sue Smith
College of Education, Charles Darwin University

Alderson and Morrow have, once again, produced the definitive guide to the ethics of working and researching with children. Authoritative, thoughtful, engaging and practical, it is filled with real-life examples from across the world which guide both new and experienced researchers towards the best possible practice in research with children and young people.

Heather Montgomery
Professor, Centre for Childhood, Development and Learning, The Open University

The new edition of this book addresses many questions that have arisen in research with children in recent years. It makes clear that ethical maxims are not to be understood as a limitation, but rather as a help for researchers to be aware of their own uncertainties and to be encouraged to question and reflect. The authors understand social research as an open process in which children always are actors, as fellow researchers or researchers in their own cause.

Manfred Liebel
Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Technical University Berlin

There are few texts available that comprehensively cover the subject of ethical practice in research with children; this book is a valuable contribution to the field.

Dr mary Glover
Department of Psychology and Counselling, Newman University
November 2, 2020

an excellent and in depth guide for students - I'd say it is "the" guide for anyone embarking on meaningful research involving children.

Dr Anne-Marie Smith
School of Education, Bangor University
November 12, 2020

Priscilla Alderson

Priscilla Alderson is Emerita Professor of Childhood Studies at University College London Social Research Institute. She has been involved with medical research ethics committees for nearly 40 years, and more recently with committees that review social research. She has advised on the writing of research ethics guidelines for a range of medical, nursing, social and psychological authorities. She has researched many aspects of children’s lives and rights, from premature babies to young people aged up to 18 (see ResearchGate). Recent books include Childhoods, Real or Imagined: An Introduction to Critical Realism and Childhood Studies ... More About Author

Virginia Morrow

Virginia Morrow is Visiting Professor, UCL Social Research Institute, and Research Associate, Young Lives, Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Her main research interests are sociology and history of childhood, child labour and children’s work, children’s rights, methods and ethics of social research with children; children’s understandings of family and other social environments. She has been a member of numerous advisory groups and research ethics committees.  She is the author of numerous papers and reports and she was a co-editor of Childhood: A Journal of Global Child Research, 2006-2016, also published... More About Author

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