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Berman, Gabrielle, Hart, Jason, O'Mathúna, Dónal, Mattellone, Erica, Potts, Alina, O'Kane, Claire, Shusterman, Jeremy and Tanner, Thomas (2016) What We Know about Ethical Research Involving Children in Humanitarian Settings An overview of principles, the literature and case studies. Florence, Italy: Innocenti Working Paper WP-2016-18, UNICEF.

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Abstract

This working paper identifies and explores the issues that should be considered when undertaking ethical research involving children in humanitarian settings. Research grounded in sound ethical principles is critical in ensuring that children’s rights are respected throughout the process and beyond and that the research itself is relevant, useful and valid. This paper examines both the universal (i.e. relevant to all research involving children) and specific ethical issues that may arise when involving children in research in humanitarian settings. This is undertaken through an examination of the literature, a review of relevant case studies and a reflection on the ethical issues highlighted in UNICEF’s Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation, Data Collection and Analysis (the Ethics Procedure). The latter is used as a baseline for generic ethical standards when involving children in research. The key findings of this overview highlight that many of the ethical issues that are present in other settings remain relevant and applicable in the context of humanitarian settings. These ethical issues include: an institution’s capacity to appropriately and respectfully engage children in research, understanding power relations, securing informed consent and assent, ascertaining harms and benefits, maintaining privacy and confidentiality, and ensuring appropriate communication of findings.

Item Type: Monographs and Working Papers (Working Paper)
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Development, Environment and Policy
ISSN: 10147837
Copyright Statement: Extracts from this publication may be freely reproduced with due acknowledgement. Requests to utilize larger portions or the full publication should be addressed to the Communication Unit at florence@unicef.org.
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2021 10:24
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/36022
Funders: Other

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