Research Ethics and Children's Rights
: child rights
(Post-Doctoral Researcher, Medical Ethics and Law Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran)
Research Ethics Guidelines,
Background and aim: Despite the increasing global attention on the societal need to respect the principles of children's participatory rights in which children are involved, surprisingly, the relationship between children's rights and research ethics is not clear and research ethics for children’s rights have been neglected in the social sciences literature. The aim of this study is to determine the relation of the ethical guidelines with children’s right.
Method: This analytic study conducted to analyze the ethical research considerations from human rights and child right perspective.
Results: Our analysis revealed that although the human right principles referred to in the social research ethical guidelines, the definition of “right” and especially children rights are ignored. Within the social sciences research ethical guidelines, including those related to children, there is often a lack of direct referral to the human rights principles emphasized by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Conclusion: Linking the human rights principles within research ethics guidelines will promote and encourage a rights-based approach to child research. These specific Research ethics guidelines need to be drawn upon the UNCRC.
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