This resource is designed for people who may be interested in funding or conducting research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children on the topic of family violence. It is informed by the views of Indigenous researchers, research ethics committee members, Elders and senior community members, service providers, parents and young people from remote, rural, regional and urban Australia who participated in a scoping study. For information on the study see the Appendix.
This resource has a specifi c focus on conducting research with children on the topic of family violence. It is designed to complement, rather than replace, existing resources that provide guidance on ethical research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
This resource is also designed to inform community and/or family members who may be asked to support and/or provide consent for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children to participate in research on family violence. It explains that children (their families and communities) have a right to make decisions about their participation in research. This resource informs individuals, family and community members about the responsibilities researchers have, to ensure that children (their families and communities) are enabled to provide prior, informed and free consent to participate in, and to be protected from harm during any type of research.
It aims to assist family or community members to understand:
- why research with children on family violence may be of benefit
- the best-practice principles that should be followed by researchers
- which questions community and family members can ask researchers to help them feel confi dent in supporting the process of seeking consent from children to participate in research.