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.
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.
A reading list and other resources you may want to check out...
Additional guidelines and legislation
What to consider when engaging with children as co-researchers?What to consider when engaging with children as co-researchers?
Watch the CO:RE animated movie to help researchers explain kids' rights as research participants
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 https://core-evidence.eu/posts/open-source-movie-childrens-rights-as-research-participants.