Centre for Children and Young People
We are the Centre for Children and Young People. Our research aims to improve policy and practice concerning the rights and wellbeing of children and young people. The status, interests, views and experiences of children and young people are therefore central to our work.
Our commitment to this philosophy can be seen within all of our activities and we welcome the opportunity to work with you in continuing this important work.
Feeling like you belong matters. A group of young people with disability from the Northern Rivers region explore this theme, sharing their experiences, hopes and dreams in a new photography exhibition opening in Lismore on December 3.
The exhibition forms part of a larger project 'Space, Place and Relationships: belonging and connection for young people with disability in regional communities' focusing on three areas of Australia: Gladstone (Queensland), Gippsland (Victoria) and Lismore (NSW).
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Ethical Research Involving Children Project Launched
The Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP) at Southern Cross University has been leading a 2 year international project called Ethical Research Involving Children that has culminated in the release today of a range of resources to provide clear guidance on ethical issues and concerns that can be applied in almost any research context.
Working in partnership with UNICEF's Office of Research, Childwatch International Research Network, and the University of Otago, the CCYP has undertaken research in 46 countries and consulted with over 400 members of the international research community, to develop an International Charter for Ethical Research Involving Children, a print based compendium of resources including extensive evidence-based ethical guidance on key issues researchers face, a collection of over 20 case studies from diverse contexts, and an inquiry based framework to guide ethical research involving children (aptly called 'Getting Started').
Professor Anne Graham, Director of the Centre for Children and Young People, said that undertaking this project was important because many researchers report feeling quite isolated in their research activities, particularly when it comes to making informed decisions about core ethical concerns, such as how to balance the protection of children while providing an opportunity for them to participate in research.
"Part of the difficulty lies in the fact there are no clear-cut answers or universal solutions to every ethical concern," said Professor Graham, "not least because the range of research contexts and issues being investigated differ so markedly." Professor Graham added that the main motivation of the Centre for Children & Young People in leading such an ambitious project extended well beyond simply ensuring researchers tick appropriate boxes to indicate they comply with ethical requirements. "This work is about ensuring the human dignity of children is respected at every stage of the research process, regardless of social, cultural or methodological context. Ultimately we must be confident that research benefits children and contributes knowledge that improves their lives".The print-based materials are complemented by a website www.childethics.com specifically designed to provide a rich repository of evidence-based information, resources and links to journal articles, to guide and improve research involving children, and to provide a forum where researchers and others can share questions, ideas and resources.
The Director of UNICEF's Office of Research, Gordon Alexander, said research involving children and hearing the voices of children, for example, had led to results in fields from child rights to health. "There can be no doubt that research involving children is essential". Mr Alexander said that the Ethical Research Involving Children Project provided a 'fresh take' by recognising that the values, beliefs and assumptions about children and childhood that underpin research are a strong foundation on which to build more ethical approaches that respect children's human rights while advancing knowledge about their lives and the best ways to respond.
We invite you to go to www.childethics.com or for further information please contact:
Professor Anne GrahamEmail: email@example.com
Updated: 28 November 2013