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Ethical and methodological issues in engaging young people living in poverty with participatory research methods

Sime, D. (2008) Ethical and methodological issues in engaging young people living in poverty with participatory research methods. Children's Geographies, 6 (1). pp. 63-78. ISSN 1473-3285

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This paper discusses the methodological and ethical issues arising from a project that focused on conducting a qualitative study using participatory techniques with children and young people living in disadvantage. The main aim of the study was to explore the impact of poverty on children and young people's access to public and private services. The paper is based on the author's perspective of the first stage of the fieldwork from the project. It discusses the ethical implications of involving children and young people in the research process, in particular issues relating to access and recruitment, the role of young people's advisory groups, use of visual data and collection of data in young people's homes. The paper also identifies some strategies for addressing the difficulties encountered in relation to each of these aspects and it considers the benefits of adopting participatory methods when conducting research with children and young people.