By Laura Benton (UCL Knowledge Lab)

Next month several (current and former) members of the UCL iRead team (Laura Benton, Minna Nygren and Seray Ibrahim) are organising a virtual workshop funded by theUCL Researcher-Led Initiative scheme and themed on the ethics and creative practice in seeking children’s consent in research. 

The workshop includes a keynote presentation from Dr Julia Truscott, founder of Communicating Childhood and Youth Research for All (CYRA), and an interactive session with participants to share experiences, reflections, and questions on the topic. It builds on an earlier workshop that was run within the UCL Knowledge Lab a few years ago and we hope to share some of the great ideas and resources from the iRead Project and beyond with the wider UCL community. 

The session is open to all UCL students and staff. For more details and registration, please use the link below.  

Course: How to best support children’s participation in research? Considerations, strategies, and resources for ethics and consent 

Date and Time

8 July 2021 10:00AM-12:00PM

Workshop organisers

Laura Benton, Seray Ibrahim, Minna Nygren

To participate

UCL Staff and Student sign up by 4 July via this link

For more information

Email Laura Benton

Prior research has shown that communicating to children the intentions, aims and benefits of participation in research in an accessible way can be challenging. However, this is necessary to ensure children are providing truly informed consent prior to participating in any research study.

In this interactive workshop we will examine the particular importance of ethics and consent when working with children as well as discuss UCL ethics approval procedures for undertaking research with children. This workshop will also provide practical examples of how to support the involvement of different child populations (e.g., very young children, children with disabilities) sharing existing strategies and resources that can provide inspiration and guidance for other researchers. Finally, there will be opportunities for attendees to share their own experiences and insights conducting ethical research with children as well as reflections on the session.

The aims of this workshop are:
– To increase awareness and develop an understanding of the importance of seeking consent in research work with children, and what it means for researchers working in different contexts
– To share real life examples of seeking consent with children as well as existing resources, enabling for us to learn from each other’s work
– Identify themes of importance for developing practices for seeking consent in future research with children
– Support creative ideation around practical ways to address challenges in seeking consent

We hope the outputs of the workshop will help to address the gap in ethics guidance for research with children, through the collation of insights, strategies and existing resources that have been developed in previous research with children, as well as highlight particular ethical challenges that researchers experience during this type of research in different areas of speciality.

This session will cover:
• Introductory keynote and discussion led by Dr Julia Truscott, founder of Communicating Childhood and Youth Research for All (CYRA), which will reflect on why informed consent is important when involving children in research as well as practical approaches for addressing this
• Specific considerations concerning ethical and consent procedures when planning research at UCL with diverse child populations (Dr Laura Benton)
• Creative approaches to addressing the challenges of involving very young children and children with disabilities (Dr Seray Ibrahim and Minna Nygren)
• Interactive discussion session to share attendee experiences and questions
• Pre-workshop activity to collect attendees’ previous experiences of involving children in research/example resources they have used or created

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Understand the importance of informed consent when involving children in research
• Have an awareness of the UCL ethics requirements and procedures when undertaking research with children
• Be able to draw on a range of creative tools and approaches for informing different groups of children about research and sharing findings
• Know how to access further guidance and resources on discussing consent and research with children 

**This activity is a Researcher-led Initiative that has been funded by the UCL Research Staff Development Programme. This course is open to all researchers and students who currently (or are planning to) undertake research with children.** 

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