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Ethical research for children

Ethical research for children

UNICEF is committed to ensuring that all research, evaluation and data collection processes undertaken by UNICEF and its partners are ethical.

To this end, procedures and guidelines have been created to embed ethical principles and practices in all our evidence generation programmes. UNICEF recognizes the critical importance of children’s voice in evidence generation and is developing tools to support and advocate for ethical evidence generation involving children.

We also produce critical thinkpieces on new and emerging ethical issues relating to children and adolescents.

Publications

Digital Contact Tracing and Surveillance During COVID-19. General and child-specific ethical issues
Publication Publication

Digital Contact Tracing and Surveillance During COVID-19. General and child-specific ethical issues

The response to the pandemic has seen an unprecedented rapid scaling up of technologies to support digital contact tracing and surveillance.This working paper explores the implications for privacy as the linking of datasets: increases the likelihood that children will be identifiable; increases the opportunity for (sensitive) data profiling; and frequently involves making data available to a broader set of users or data managers.
Digital Contact Tracing and Surveillance During COVID-19: General and child-specific ethical issues
Publication Publication

Digital Contact Tracing and Surveillance During COVID-19: General and child-specific ethical issues

The response to COVID-19 has seen an unprecedented rapid scaling up of technologies to support digital contact tracing and surveillance. This means that we need to establish clear governance processes for these tools and the data collection process and engage with a broader set of government and industry partners to ensure that children’s rights are not overlooked.
Ethical Considerations for Evidence Generation Involving Children on the COVID-19 Pandemic
Publication Publication

Ethical Considerations for Evidence Generation Involving Children on the COVID-19 Pandemic

This paper identifies key ethical considerations when undertaking evidence generation involving children during the mitigation stage of the pandemic (emergency phase), on subject matter relating to COVID-19 once the pandemic has been contained, and once containment policy measures, including lockdowns, have been lifted (post-emergency phase). While the COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly a global crisis, with evidence generation activities raising critical ethical issues that have been captured in the literature and relevant guidelines, there are specificities relating to this emergency that must be considered when unpacking potential ethical issues. Hence while ethical issues pertaining to evidence generation involving children in emergencies and humanitarian contexts are relevant and should be considered, there are factors that define this ‘special case’ that must be considered from the outset. These will inform the core ethical considerations that need to be addressed.

Events

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action 2020 Annual Meeting
Event Event

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action 2020 Annual Meeting

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action is holding the 2020 Annual Meeting on Child Protection in Humanitarian Action with the theme of Infectious Disease Outbreaks and the Protection of Children. 
Ethics in Humanitarian Research: A Practical Discussion
Event Event

Ethics in Humanitarian Research: A Practical Discussion

20 MAY 2020 - Join us for a lively discussion on ethical reviews for humanitarian research and monitoring.
Safeguarding and Ethics in Evidence Generation
Event Event

Safeguarding and Ethics in Evidence Generation

27 April 2020 - This webinar will connect issues relating to child safeguarding with those relating to ethics in evidence generation. It will underline key considerations in evidence generation and the planning and clearance process.   

Project team

Kerry Albright

UNICEF Innocenti

Gabrielle Berman

UNICEF Innocenti

Videos

Related

Innocenti Project(s) 2016-2021:

Disrupting harm

Gender-responsive and age-sensitive social protection

Global Kids Online

Humanitarian research

Time to teach

Innocenti Project(s) 2016-2018:

Ethical research and children

PROJECTS ARCHIVE

Training

Introduction to Ethics in Evidence Generation

Blogs

Ethical collection of data from children during the COVID-19 pandemic

New Technologies: Rich Source of Data or Ethical Minefield for Researchers?

Big data, ethics and children

Podcasts

Gabrielle Berman on ethical research on children in humanitarian situations

What's new

Remote data collection on violence against children during COVID-19: A conversation with experts on research priorities, measurement and ethics (Part 2)

Remote data collection on violence against women during COVID-19: A conversation with experts on ethics, measurement & research priorities (Part 1)

New Technologies: Rich Source of Data or Ethical Minefield for Researchers?

Manuals, tools and guidelines

The Ethics of Social Research with Children and Families in Young Lives: Practical Experiences

Children and clinical research: ethical issues

Research Charter for Infants', Children's and Young People's Child Health

Policy reports

UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation and Data Collection & Analysis

External website

Children and Clinical Research: Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Research Charter for Infants', Children's and Young People's Child Health

A Guide to Young Lives Research

WHO Ethical and safety recommendations for researching, documenting and monitoring sexual violence in emergencies

Ethical Approaches to Gathering Information from Children and Adolescents in International Settings (Population Council)

Ethical Principles, Dilemmas and Risks in Collecting Data on Violence Against Children

Ethical Research Involving Children