Children's Research Centre
Research with and by Children and Young People

Research about, with and by Children and Young People

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OUR VOICES provides practical support and guidance for anyone who wants to undertake research ‘with and by’ children and young people which:

Engages with children and young people’s views

Encourages children and young people’s curiosity to participate in research

OUR VOICES draws upon The Open University’s extensive experience working with children and young people; particularly the work of The Children’s Research Centre and The Centre for Children and Young People’s Wellbeing encapsulated in our TRREEE Principles for research with children and young people.

OUR VOICES is for everyone interested in research which engages children and young people and their views of the world

How to use OUR VOICES

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Illustration of a mentor and a young person
OUR VOICES investigates WHAT research with children and young people can be, exploring a wide SPECTRUM of research approaches, particularly research ‘with’ and ‘led’ by children and young people all underpinned by the TRREEE principles. OUR VOICES goes on to consider two key questions: WHY and HOW children, young people and adults should engage in productive research together.

WHY involve young people in research?

Involving children and young people in research can:

  1. Create better research
  2. Fulfil children’s rights
  3. Support children’s agency and empowerment
  4. Build more critical communities of children and young people

Our approach to research with children & young people

The TRREEE Principles
This short animation illustrates how our TRREEE principles underpin our approach

HOW to involve young people in research?

Research ‘about, with and by’ children and young people is rooted in children’s unique view of the world. Young people are seen as capable social actors with unique views of the world.

Watch our short animation to learn more about conducting research with young people.

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