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Ethical research involving children: international charter and guidance

The OoR’s project on research ethics aims to improve the quality of child research practice presenting an international charter, guidelines and a compendium of documents to support reflective ethical decision-making throughout the research process. These products are targeted at not just first-time researchers working on children’s issues, but also those who are more experienced, as well as development practitioners engaged in research with children, and other members of the child research community, such as policy-makers, funders and ethics’ review bodies. The guidance tool can be applied across the various disciplinary, theoretical, methodological standpoints, and in international research contexts. The compendium will be accompanied by an interactive website, which will aid wider dissemination of the final product and facilitate long-term engagement with the issues among the target audience, including UNICEF staff engaged in research.

Publications

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