Capturing the views and experiences of children and young people directly and involving them more actively in the research process are increasingly seen as essential for good research, evaluation, and policy and service development.
Written by two experienced social researchers and trainers, this book provides a practical and concise introductory guide to doing research with children and young people, outlining the benefits and challenges along with key ethical, methodological and other considerations. Throughout, there are practical examples, checklists and top tips to aid the reader.
Building on an established SRA training course, it offers an instructive resource for researchers, commissioners, policy makers, research users and others involved in research with children or young people.
Dr Louca-Mai Brady is a Research Associate at Kingston University and St George’s Joint Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and an independent research consultant. She has a long career in research with children and young people and her research interests include health and social care, disability and participative research methods.
Berni Graham is a research consultant and trainer, with over 40 years’ experience in the UK public and not-for-profit sector. Berni’s lengthy research career spans health, social care, disability and welfare issues. She is a co-author for the Social Research Association’s revised ethical guidelines for social researchers.
The context for social research with children and young people
Involving children and young people in research
Designing appropriate methods for children and young people
"An excellent, up-to-date resource with practical suggestions for designing research and overcoming ethical challenges to enable children and young people to participate in research and have their voice heard." Emily Tanner, NatCen Social Research