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Getting Children’s Views on Research: Young People’s Advisory Group

Want to ensure your research is relevant and meaningful to children and young people? Contact the Young People’s Advisory Group

We are committed to ensuring we adopt a children’s rights-based approach to all of our research which involves, impacts or links to children and young people. 

The Young People's Advisory Group (YPAG) was set up in 2018 by the European Children’s Rights Unit. It brings together local children and young people to provide input into the design, implementation and dissemination of University of Liverpool research projects. 

How does the YPAG help researchers?

Many researchers work on research/projects related to children and young people across the University but without actually engaging directly with children's views about its relevance and potential impact. As a result, researchers fail to capture children's insights into the relevance of the questions they are asking, the methods they are adopting, and their plans for impact building and dissemination.

Our YPAG aims to address this shortcoming by offering researchers of all levels of experience the opportunity to collaborate with young people from the very conception of research projects.
Specifically, the YPAG can:

Specifically, the YPAG can:

  • Identify key research priorities and questions from children/young people's perspective/experiences;
  • Advise on the design of methodological tools;
  • Advise on applications for ethical approval;
  • Advise researchers on how to recruit young people to participate in research;
  • Advise on how to work and conduct research with young people, as both research partners and as respondents;
  • Provide feedback on approaches to analysing findings;
  • Advise on how best to share the completed work with young people;
  • Challenge established patterns of thinking and doing.

When and where are the YPAG meetings?

Usually, the YPAG meets on the University of Liverpool Campus. However, due to current COVID-19 related restrictions, the YPAG is currently hosting online meetings via Zoom. Please email for the upcoming dates.

Do you want to discuss your work at one of our meetings?

If you would like to discuss your work with our YPAG, please read the Young People's Advisory Group terms of reference, then to register your interest please email

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