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THE VOICE OF THE CHILD IN RESEARCH & POLICY - ISPCAN

ISPCAN (The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect) are hosting two sessions on involving children in research.

Further details can be found on ISPCAN's training website or below:


THE VOICE OF THE CHILD IN RESEARCH & POLICY APRIL 6 & 13 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. EST (New York) / 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. CET (Geneva) / 10:00 - 11:30 p.m. AEDT (Sydney) FREE FOR MEMBERS / $10 PER SESSION FOR NONMEMBERS


The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) mandates that children have the right to share freely what they think and feel. Around the world, upholding the voice of the child is increasingly recognized as important, particularly in the case of vulnerable children. Article 12 of the United Nations CRC gives children the right to have their views given due weight in all matters affecting them. This two-part training will provide practical steps for researchers and child advocates, with respect to privileging the voices of children and young people in the context of research and policy. We will explore the key elements of Article 12 - Space, Voice, Audience, and Influence.


SESSION 1: RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES APRIL 6 at 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. EST

In this session, we will hear from leading researchers, child rights advocates, and global agency professionals about the how-to of doing research that privileges the voices and experiences of children and young people. We will consider the various methodologies available and challenge the audience to consider the option of children as active agents and researchers. Presentations include:

  • Capturing Children's Voices in Research: Participatory Research with ChildrenDonna Koller, Tara Collins

  • Showcasing Qualitative and Participatory Research Strategies with Young People During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Francesca Viola, Gwyther Rees

  • Doing Research ON Children? ABOUT Children? WITH Children? BY Children?Harry Shier, Rebekah Grace

SESSION 2: PRIVILEGING CHILDREN'S VOICES & PRESENCE IN THE CLINICAL ENCOUNTER APRIL 13 at 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. EST

In this session, you will hear from leading researchers about the ethical landscape of doing research on children and young people that facilitates their voices. The aim is to encourage researchers to find pathways to produce knowledge on "children's own perspectives on their everyday lives and experiences." We will argue for a move away from merely fulfilling institutional review board requirements toward an ethics of fairness, an ethics of inclusion, and an ethics of producing potential new worlds where children and young people are valued and respected. Presentations include:

  • How to Do Research in a Respectful Way That Benefits ChildrenMónica Ruiz-Casares

  • Systematic Review on Research Methodologies on Voices of Children/Young PeopleEva Jörgensen, Donna Koller

  • Summing Up: Achieving Best Practice in Research and Policy in Voices of Children/Young People Shanti Raman

Sign up to the sessions on ISPCAN's website!

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