Meaningful consent to participate in social research on the part of people under the age of eighteen

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Meaningful consent to participate in social research on the part of people under the age of eighteen

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Contributors

Author: Brian Williams

Publisher: Research Ethics Review

Date: 2006

Geographic Coverage: UK

Type of Resource: Ethics

Sector/setting: Other

Vulnerable groups: Children

Developed with children and young people? No

Type of participation: Unknown

Availability: Open Access

Keywords: Children, Committees, Ethics, Legal Position, Research, Social Scientists, Young People

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Introduction

This article describes changes in conventions among social scientists undertaking research with children and young people over the last decade, and discusses the legal position and aspects of the ethics of research with people under eighteen. It includes three brief case examples which illustrate the nature of the issues involved and ethics committees’ responses to them, and concludes that although differences of opinion remain, a consensus is emerging about the need to let young people speak for themselves, subject to appropriate safeguards.