Welsh Government

Involving children and young people in the design and conduct of research

Facilitators: Hayley Reed, Jeremy Segrott and members of DECIPHer’s young people’s research advisory group, ALPHA - find out more.

Course Outline: 

The key aim is to provide participants with an understanding of how to involve children and young people in the design and conduct of research. The day will be split into three parts: 

  • The principles of and approaches to involving children and young people in research.
  • Case study examples to illustrate the key methods, facilitators of involvement, overcoming barriers to involvement and the potential impacts to research and researchers.   
  • Practical session where delegates can apply learning to develop a plan for involving children/young people in their own current research projects or research ideas.

Please note a certificate of attendance will only be issued if delegates complete all elements of the training. Times will be confirmed on receipt of the registration form


Following the training, participants will: 

  • Have an increased knowledge of the principles and practice of involving children and young people in research.
  • Understand key methods, facilitators of involvement, overcoming barriers to involvement and the potential impacts to research and researchers.  
  • Be able to develop effective strategies for involving children and young people in their own research.

 


Hayley Reed, is the Involving Young People Research Officer at the DECIPHer Centre, Cardiff University.  She has extensive experience in public involvement, including developing ALPHA that has engaged young people aged 14-22 years olds in 21 individual research projects, and a primary school engagement network for a local authority that involved 7-11 year olds in the Community Strategy. A key part of Hayley’s current role is to support researchers to involve children and young people in their research projects.

Jeremy Segrott (DECIPHer) is a Research Fellow in Public Health in the DECIPHer Centre at Cardiff University. He has substantial experience of conducting research on the health and wellbeing of children and their families, and of incorporating public involvement into the design and conduct of research projects.

DECIPHer: Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement

ALPHA:  Advice Leading to Public Health Advancement

ALPHA are a young people’s research advisory group with up to 25 members at any one time. Their role is to advise researchers by discussing and debating their views on public health topics and the research DECIPHer plans to carry out. ALPHA members will co-facilitate this training to give a young person’s perspective of being involved in research and to give researchers feedback about their ideas to involve children and young people in their own projects.

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