This set of resources gives an introduction to ethical issues in clinical (health) research involving children and young people, and how research is reviewed or approved.
The resources are based on materials developed in collaboration with researchers to support evidence gathering for the Council’s project on children and clinical research. The set includes a flexible plan for a workshop or lesson with different activity options including films, a role play exercise and group discussion. We suggest the resources are suitable as training material for research ethics committees, and for students from Key Stage 3 through to undergraduate level or above.
Activities and resources
- Lesson / workshop plan: Research ethics and how health research is reviewed (PDF, 3 pages)
- Presentation: Research ethics and how health research is reviewed (PPT, 7 slides)
- Animation: Health research: making the right decisions for me (Video, 3 min 30 s)
Reading materials: Information on a proposed research study
- What’s it all about? Basic introduction (PDF, 3 pages)
- Research protocol: Improving asthma treatments for children and young people – detailed introduction (PDF, 8 pages)
- Discussion prompts: what about the research ethics? (PDF, 1 page)
- Research Ethics Committee role play – character cards (PDF, 2 pages)