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Practical Research Resources

This area of the ECRU Research Cluster is where you will find details of Children's Rights Reading Groups, Children's Rights Reading Lists and Ethics Briefing Papers for those preparing ethics applications to conduct research involving children.

Children's Rights Reading Group 2020

Each reading group lasts for 45 minutes in the School of Law and Social Justice.

The reading group provides an opportunity for researchers to reflect critically on an academic output and bring it to bear on their own area of expertise.

If you need a copy of the reading materials, please email Seamus Byrne: Seamus.Byrne2@liverpool.ac.uk

  • Tuesday 7 April 2020, 12.45 - 1.30pm | School of Law and Social Justice Meeting Room E* (3rd Floor) - *please note this meeting has now moved online.

    Reading: Michael Gallagher, ‘Foucault, Power and Participation’, International Journal of Children’s Rights 16 (2008) 395–406

  • Wednesday 13 May 2020, 10.15 - 11am | School of Law and Social Justice Meeting Room G* (5th Floor) - *please note this meeting has now moved online.

    Reading: Quennerstedt, A., Robinson, C. and I’Anson, J. (2018), “The UNCRC: The Voice of Global Consensus on Children’s Rights?”, Nordic Journal of Human Rights, 36(1), 38–54: 38  

  • Wednesday 10 June 2020, 10.15 - 11am | School of Law and Social Justice Meeting Room G* (5th Floor) - *please note this meeting has now moved online.

    Reading: TBC


Children's Rights Reading Lists


ECRU members occasionally put together reading lists to support research on issues of emerging or common interest.

  • The latest list focuses on ‘Decolonising (children’s rights) research’.

This list has been put together by Deborah Lawson. If you have recommendations for further additions to the list please email Deborah: Deborah.Lawson@liverpool.ac.uk 


Ethics Briefings for those preparing an ethics application to conduct resesarch involving children


ECRU members have developed a series of short briefing papers to support researchers working in the field of children and childhood in preparing applications for ethics approval.

The research briefings respond to some key ethical questions and point to some useful resources.

For further support and information about ethics, please contact: slsjethics@liverpool.ac.uk

  • Briefing Paper 1: An introduction to the Child-Related Research Ethics Briefings
  • Briefing Paper 2: Obtaining Consent for Research Involving Children – Legal and Ethical Framework
  • Briefing Paper 3: Putting in Place Appropriate Safeguards for Research Involving Children
  • Briefing Paper 4: Digital Methods of Working with Children: Ethics, Rights and Responsibilities
  • Briefing Paper 5: Recruiting Children for Research: How, Where and Why?
  • Briefing Paper 6: Confidentiality, Privacy and the Protection of Children’s Data
  • Briefing Paper 7: Clinical Research Involving Children


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? 

Here you will find out how the YPAG helps researchers, as well as when and where future YPAG meetings will take place.


The Children and Childhood Research Theme



Children and Childhood is a major research theme within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and is led by Professor Helen Stalford.

The University of Liverpool has an outstanding tradition of providing significant and meaningful contributions towards improving the quality of life and outcomes for children, young people and babies locally, nationally and internationally.

The Children and Childhood research theme allows us to build on existing research collaborations and explore new opportunities between centres of excellence across the University’s faculties.


Child-Friendly City Network

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In collaboration with Liverpool Health Partners, the European Children's Rights Unit is part of the Child Friendly City Network.

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