If you are interested in finding out more about developing young researchers, you might like to explore some of the resources listed below. Most are free and available online. We have divided the resources into four categories (though many are cross-category in reality):
NFER has developed a suite of materials to help schools do their own research. These include:
You can get recognition for your school's achievements in research by applying for the NFER Research Mark.
The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) has produced comprehensive practical guidelines for researchers who are thinking about involving children and young people (CYP) in their research project as participants or in a more active role. There is also a short guidance leaflet on how to involve young people in research, written by NCB young researchers involved in the PEAR(Public health, Education, Awareness, Research) project.
Save the Children’s Young People as Researchers: A learning resource pack, provides adaptable training exercises and handouts for workers training young people to undertake social research. Also available to buy is Involving Young Researchers: How to enable young people to design and conduct research (1999). This explores the challenges and benefits of involving young people in research, and includes lots of case studies and examples.
Participation Works: How to involve children and young people in research is a short introductory guide about the benefits of involving children and young people in research. It also provides ideas on what you need to consider before starting your first project.
Mary Kellett has published a comprehensive training manual on young people-led researchHow to Develop Children as Researchers.
The Open University’s Children’s Research Centre offers a searchable database of research studies carried out and written up by young researchers themselves.
The WeCan2 website describes a research project led by young people with a learning disability. It includes the young people’s research reports, photos and video clips.
The Office for Public Management (OPM) Creative Influence project explored if and how research carried out by young people influences public sector policy and services. Project outputs include:
a survey from 2009 on young people’s experiences and involvement in research.
NFER provide information on ethics and data security when carrying out research on children and young people.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) factsheet looks at key concepts to consider when conducting research that involves children.