Ethical issues are a crucial consideration when researchers are working with children and young people. This clear and practical text informs students and researchers about all the relevant laws and guidelines that apply when they are conducting research with children and young people.

The Ethics of Research with Children and Young People cover ethics at every stage of research, and with all kinds of research participants, particularly focusing on those who are vulnerable or neglected. The authors break down the process of researching with children and young people into ten stages, each with its own set of related questions and problems, to help the reader understand the ethical issues which they need to address at each stage of their research.

This is an accessible, practical and passionate book and will be essential reading for anyone looking to conduct research with children or young people.


Since the first two versions of this book were published in 1995 and 2004, there has been very welcome growth in the following areas:

  • research and consultation directly with and by children;
  • the reporting of children's own views and experiences;
  • the range of methods used with and by children;
  • the valuable lessons from research by NGOs and with children in other continents;
  • respect for children's rights and participation;
  • formal research ethics committees and ethics training for social research, ...
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