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The TRREEE Principles

THE TRREEE PRINCIPLES: Implications for researchers

TRUST

Adults should earn the trust of potential participants by sharing the motives driving a research project and identifying potential joint interests with participants in the outcomes of research.

RESPECT

Adults should have respect for participants’ views; be prepared to listen and hear what children and young people say and act upon it.

RIGHTS

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC) 1989 gives children and young people rights.

Adults should recognise and conduct research in a manner that recognises young people’s rights to express and have their views heard.

This is not something voluntarily offered by the adult researchers/practitionesr but required by UK law.

ETHICS

Ethical research considers how research participants and their data are treated. It includes

  • Obtaining consent to use their data
  • Making sure participants are comfortable
  • Involving participants in decision making

and much more.

EXPERTISE

Children and young people’s participatory research recognises that young people are experts in their own lives and are capable of expressing valid views of the world.

EXPERIENCE

Working in partnership with children and young people can provide adults with rewarding insights which may not be accessible to them as adults.

The roots of effective participatory research are found where young people’s contribution to their society is recognised and children’s views valued.

Tisdall and Punch,2012
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