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Children as co-researchers: The need for protection

Caroline Bradbury-Jones

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16 Oct 2014
Dunedin Academic Press
118 pages - 138 x 216 x 7mm
Protecting Children and Young People
Participatory approaches are becoming increasingly popular in research involving children. A growing trend is research by children where researchers engage or employ children as co-researchers or primary researchers.
Caroline Bradbury-Jones explores the ethical, methodological, practical and protection issues associated with this participatory approach and provides a range of practical solutions to these issues. Among the key issues that are discussed are those of assessing children’s competence; ensuring sufficient preparation; the balancing of insider/outsider perspectives; the need for appropriate remuneration; overcoming power differentials between children and adults and the safeguarding of the children working as co-researchers.
The author’s pragmatic approach and the solutions proposed to overcome the issues raised by such projects will assist researchers who engage with children as co-researchers to overcome the multiplicity of protection issues that are inherent within this participatory approach. As such it is a valuable resource for postgraduate students and academic staff from a range of disciplines, particularly health, social care and education who conduct research with children.
Acknowledgements. List of Abbreviations. 1: Introduction; 2: Matters of age and competence; 3: Training, preparation and support; 4: Balancing insider/outsider perspectives; 5: The issue of remuneration; 6: Exploring power relationships; 7: Protection and ethical matters; 8: Conclusions. References. Index
Caroline Bradbury-Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester.

'The book is a valuable companion for researchers doing research with children (and not for them). It is not a manual, but a good mirror to be used to reflect your own challenges during the research processes. In addition, students could learn much about these complex matters by reading and discussing the book.'

European Journal of Social Work

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