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Advice on using research among children


Firstly, there is no recommended minimum age for research among children but it is
expected that researchers will involve very young children directly in research only
when this is necessary and appropriate to the particular project. The intention of the
provisions regarding age is…

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HOWEVER, interviews being conducted in public places such as instreet/instore/central
locations, with 14 year olds or over, may take place without consent of a parent or responsible
adult. In these situations you must give an explanatory thank you note to the child.


Obtaining consent and providing the necessary information:

Where…

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undesirable for technical reasons ­ e.g. if it
could introduce bias ­ this should be explained
and consent sought to interview the child
alone.
Type of task appropriate for age It is imperative to avoid certain subjects when
interviewing younger children (e.g. a topic that
may frighten the child), though…

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