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Why involve children and 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

Benefits from involving young people in research are connected each supporting the next. Practitioners, policy makers and whole communities can improve their understanding of children and young people’s lives and issues which are important to them.

Benefits of involving children and young people in research

Research which is focused upon issues which are relevant to young people; conducted in ways that are most likely to elicit young people’s views.

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Strengthening whole communities with young people’s insights.

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Research which engages young people in decision making about

  • what is to be investigated and how;
  • about
    how research is reported.

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Research which seeks to enable children and young people initiate, participate in and lead research.

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When you have explored all the reasons WHY to involve children and young people in research explore HOW.

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