Consent Educational Resources

Handbook for researchers and HRECs

This handbook is an educational resource developed for Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and researchers. The questions in this handbook are based on actual issues of concern expressed by members of HRECs who review research involving children and young people and researchers who conduct that research.

This project was funded by a grant from the Alfred Felton Bequest which is managed by ANZ Trustees.

Please feel free to print as many copies as you need for your training and educational purposes.

Case Studies

These cases could be used for training Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and in research ethics education for researchers who are going to conduct research with children

The cases are designed to raise issues for deliberation by Human Research Ethics Committees and researchers in situations in which they have not found sufficiently clear guidance in the National Statement. Any guidance provided in this resource is meant to build on the National Statement.

Case studies are in two formats:

Please feel free to print as many copies as you need for your training and educational purposes.

Pamphlets for parents and adolescents

Two simple pamphlets for parents have been developed - one for research in the medical setting and the other for general research e.g. social or educational research.

The purpose of these pamphlets is to put the plain language statement into context. They will help parents understand what they are supposed to do with the plain language statement which is notorious for not being understood or read in full.

Similar pamphlets have been developed for adolescents - one for research in the medical setting and the other for general research e.g. social or educational research.

Please feel free to print out as many copies as you want to distribute to parents and adolescents.