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Key areas of research ethics: What to consider when engaging with children as co-researchers?

This key area explains the concept of co-research and in addition to a general introduction, addresses the following frequently asked questions:

  • What do I need to think about when engaging children as co-researchers?

  • What kind of knowledge might I access in this way?

  • What skills and competences might children need in order to act as co-researchers and how will they gain these skills?

On this page, you also find resources to help you to understand more about engaging children and young people as co-researchers. The resources include key readings, webinars, blogs, animated films, links to our Zotero library and more. 


It is important that research with and about children and young people acknowledges children’s own views and perspectives. One way of ensuring this is to engage children and young people as co-researchers, thereby involving them in the research process and in key moments of decision making. Engaging children as co-researchers is however not a straightforward process. Firstly, co-research can mean many different things, depending on the research context and process. Secondly, co-research can be achieved in a variety of ways. The extent to which children and young people can engage with co-research also relies on support, and the skills and competence of both children and researchers.

A reading list and other resources you may want to check out...

Watch the CO:RE animated movie to help researchers explain kids' rights as research participants

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Video: "Have you been invited to participate in research? Then you should watch this film."; a resource for researchers working with children and young people. | License: CC-By-NC-SA | If you should have trouble loading this video or want to see this movie in other languages, you can watch it here on our YouTube channel. | Please cite as: Staksrud, E., Ní Bhroin, N., Torp, I.S., & Johannessen, L.O. (2022). Have you been invited to participate in research? Then you should watch this film. Retrieved DD Month YYYY, from

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