Children's participation in research on violence affecting them: A European overview

Ravit Alfandari, Gemma Crous, Nuria Fuentes-Peláez

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The objective of the chapter is to provide an integrative appraisal of recent participatory research projects with children on violence and maltreatment conducted by members of the COST Action CA 19106 working group on children's participation (WG3) and their colleagues to identify what is working well and what needs to change in future research. The evaluation of research examples clustered around four key questions: Why, when, how and how much do children participate in research? Data were collected using a unified tool designed to characterise participatory research, which was distributed among WG3 members. In addition, chapters of the current book were another source of data about participatory research. Overall, data on 19 studies involving 46,761 children were collected and analysed using Shier's matrix. Findings show that most studies (n 5 10) engaged children as consultants to adults in data collection, whereas a few studies (n 5 5) demonstrated a more children-led research approach. The analysis uncovered specific areas where more progress is required, including engaging children in decisions about the research topic, involving young children, utilising methods that are more natural and familiar to children, and gaining children's reflective accounts about their participation experience. The authors encourage scholars to publish their work to advance evidence-based knowledge and skills in participatory research with children about sensitive topics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParticipatory Research on Child Maltreatment with Children and Adult Survivors
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Ethics, and Methods
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781804555262
ISBN (Print)9781804555293
StatePublished - 4 Oct 2023

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© 2023 Ravit Alfandari, Gemma Crous and Nuria Fuentes-Pelaez.


  • Adult-led research approach
  • Child-led research approach
  • Participatory methods
  • Research design
  • Shier's matrix
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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