Research Methods: Considering Ethics in your research

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Safeguarding procedures in the case of a disclosure

General safeguarding guidelines for researchers working with children or young people published by Sheffield Hallam University include the following advice:

  • Take seriously what the child is telling them.
  • Ask the child if they have told you everything they want to.
  • Listen, encourage, but avoid asking questions that assume anything.
  • Tell the child that you will need to talk to someone else to help you to decide what to do now.
  • Check that the child understands what you are going to do.
  • Record their observations and what the child has said at the earliest appropriate opportunity, including dates and times.
  • If another adult is present, record details of this.
  • When the disclosure takes place within a children's setting, inform the setting's Designated Child Protection Person.
  • If you are working with a university contact the university ethics committee or research support team
  • Provide reassurance to the young person, who may feel scared, unsure and disloyal. The child may think they have done something wrong by telling you, may feel a sense of panic or be scared of losing control of what will happen next.

Further information:

Sheffield Hallam University (undated) Safeguarding Children in Research Contexts