Rights Based Approach

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The rights based approach to researching children is encapsulated by (Fraser et al) 2.3 online activity 4 in the sentence, ‘Involving child actively in research, not as subjects but as citizens with rights’, where children and young people are valued as an important source of knowledge about their own life and experiences. (activity 1.1 online). However, as with all forms of research there are ethical and practical implications. There are some concerns surrounding the infringement of the child and young person’s rights p40 chapter 2 as well as concerns over the consequence of the research and the process of the research p40 chapter 2. As well as questions surrounding any harm, both physical /mental that the research may cause ch2 p46. The question…show more content…
Lundy et al p717. The children were involved at all levels of the research as co researchers in matters that affect them in accordance with UNCRC article 12 Lundy et al p 718, the children were able to freely express their views and these views were listened to, thus impacting on the research results. By allowing children to identify questions this in turn gives more meaning to the results of the research, Lundy et p 719. Pahl K and Pool S suggests that to be able to take the knowledge of children seriously adults need to let go of some of our own adult interpretations and ideas that surround childhood. ‘Living your life because it’s the only one you’ve got’ p19. Yet most research projects are adult designed, led or steered, which suggests that the interpretation of the research is also based on adults’ views. Unit 4 online 4.1 The co researcher team was subject to change in members and developing strategies throughout the research project, to ensure it was in accordance with article 12 of UNCRC, ensuring that the children were aware that they at no time had to participate, yet, if they chose to their views could be given freely and safely in a familiar setting where they felt safe. Lundy et al p719 However, only representation of the children were used as co-researchers, is this representative view holistic and accurate? Chapter 4 p79 It was assumed that the co researchers had the capacity to participate in accordance with UNCRC informed approach and were given key information throughout the project Lundy et al p721. The access to information that is appropriate to age is raised in UN 2009 article 12, however it is not necessary to have full understanding a child just needs to be able to form own view, this raises the question how can a view be formed if the question is not

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