Online training


Online training
BYO computer, your house, your address


13 Mar 2024


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Informed consent in research with children

This training has been organised by the Education, Childhood and Youth (ECY) Pathway and is open to all ESRC and non-ESRC funded PhD and MA Social Research students within the WRDTP’s seven partner universities. Whilst this training is aimed at ECY Pathway students, PGRs from all seven interdisciplinary Pathways are welcome to attend.

This training session is aimed at students who want to understand the complexities of negotiating informed consent in research with children and young people. It will take the form of a conversation between Prof Priscilla Alderson and the ECY pathway director Michael Gallagher. The session will then open out into a Q&A session.

Priscilla has spent decades researching and writing about children’s consent, including consent to medical treatment and participation in research. She is one of the leading experts in this challenging and contested area.

The session will develop conversation, reflection and discussion around some of the key issues regarding consent for social researchers working with children, including:

  • the history of consent and children’s rights
  • notions of consent in medical versus social research
  • debates around capacity, age and maturity
  • power relations, agency and consent
  • suggestions for good practice

An initial conversation between Priscilla and Michael will take place for around 45 minutes. The session will then open out into a Q&A format where participants will be able to ask questions.


Attendees are recommended to read some of Priscilla’s writing on informed consent with children, e.g.

Children’s ages of consent to non‐urgent heart surgery: The views of two paediatric cardiology teams – Alderson – Children & Society – Wiley Online Library

Common Criticisms of Children’s Rights and 25 Years of the ijcr in: The International Journal of Children’s Rights Volume 25 Issue 2 (2017) (

The Ethics of Research with Children and Young People | SAGE Publications Ltd

This event will be accessed via a Zoom link. Students who book onto this course will be sent a link before the event via email. Please note that part of this event will be recorded.