What We Know about Ethical Research Involving Children in Humanitarian Settings: An overview of principles, the literature and case studies

Gabrielle Berman, Jason Hart, Donal O'Mathuna, Erica Matellone, Alina Potts, Claire O'Kane,, Jeremy Shusterman, Thomas Tanner

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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)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationFlorence
PublisherUNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti
Volume2016-18
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Publication series

NameInnocenti Working Papers
PublisherUNICEF
No.WP-2016-18

Keywords

  • research
  • ethics
  • children
  • children's rights
  • Humanitarian aid

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