There has been much work and advocacy done for the furthering of children in developing nations. For the first time, their voices will sound out to the world and its policy makers in an organized and scholarly effort.
UNICEF launched Ethical Research Involving Children (ERIC) on October 30. The website is an online compendium of the most up-to-date and cutting-edge research from around the world about ethical issues involving children. Their focus involves bridging and refining research and scholarly work on the issues as well as engaging with the principles of respect, benefit and justice to children around the world.
The ERIC project offers checklists and strategies on how to engage children in local context while simultaneously maintaining their dignity and respect.
The online initiative involves nearly 400 members of the NGO and international research communities, including The Ethical Research Involving Children Project, the UNICEF Office of Research, the Childwatch International Research Network, the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University and the Children’s Issues Centre at the University of Otago.
The UNICEF-backed ERIC project promises to bring together world leading scholarship and to foster more involvement in thinking about ethical issues involving children.
– Malika Gumpangkum