Co-designing research with children and young people

A group of young people and a lecturer are gathered around a tableThe CCYP has a central interest in not only researching children and young people’s participation and wellbeing but in ensuring we actively practise and promote their recognition and inclusion in the projects and activities we undertake.

In 2005, the CCYP founded the first known initiative within an Australian University of establishing and maintaining (for 7 years) a young people’s advisory group (named by the founding members as ‘Young People, Big Voice’) which played a key role in advising on: project topics, planning, design, recruitment and ethics; participating as co-researchers in identified projects; translating findings so these can be accessed, understood and used by a wide range of young people; consulting with and advising key agencies in the community seeking their services to help improve policy and practice; contributing to grant applications; writing submissions for parliamentary inquiries; appearing before parliamentary inquiries; attending and addressing seminars and conferences about issues that affect young people; with one YPBV member nominated by the CCCYP and selected to join Australia’s NGO delegation to Geneva for Australia’s appearance before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Since 2013 the CCYP has established project based advisory groups to replace the YPBV. These include a diverse range of young people aged 13-24 years with an interest in the focus/topic of the research project. These advisory groups work in close conjunction with the relevant researchers at the Centre and, where appropriate or required, with other research stakeholders such as project partners. The terms of reference are developed in conjunction with each advisory group, with most including a number of the tasks previously undertaken by the YPBV.

Additionally, the CCYP has employed a young person as a community researcher who is playing a key role in advising on one of our ARC projects, analysing findings and supporting knowledge exchange in a range of disability contexts.