Planning to set out

Get buy-in from senior managers | Involve young people
Facilitate a young researchers' project | Ensure a project is conducted ethically.

How to ensure that a young researchers' project is conducted ethically

Think about how you will embed an ethical approach both in the way that you work with young researchers and within the research project itself. You will need to identify and discuss ethics with the young researchers throughout the lifetime of the project.

Like doctors, researchers have long been guided by the principle of ‘do no harm’. Common ethical considerations include fairness, confidentiality and proportionality.

In 1989 the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child introduced 54 articles, some of which are directly relevant to conducting research with children and young people (up to 18 years of age). In particular:

Thinking through the answers to the following questions will help you to make sure that ethics is embedded in both the conduct of research with young people and the role of young people as researchers.

Do no harm:

Be fair:

Be confidential:

Be proportional:

Depending on the nature of the research, there are likely to be other ethical considerations too. For example, if young people are conducting interviews, where will these take place and what effect will the location have on interviewees’ confidentiality/freedom of expression? If the researchers plan to use video recorders, how does that affect consent and confidentiality?