Course Leaders: Dr Sally Holland, WISERD Cardiff and Dr Emma Renold Cardiff University

This two day event for researchers focused on the developing the capacity of staff to undertake effective research with children and young people.

The aim of the course was to introduce research students and early career researchers to key issues involving research with children.

Day 1 was introductory and will cover: approaches to research with children and young people, research ethics with children and young people and child protection in research environments.

Day 2 introduced a range of research methods commonly used for research with children. These are likely to include up to 4 of the following: participatory approaches, creative methods for interviews, secondary data analysis of large datasets, surveys and observation.  Each session on day 2 focused on issues in using these methods in research with children.

Each day included the opportunity for questions and discussion and for participants to relate the materials to their own research plans.

Maximum number: 12


Day1 – Thursday March 8th Preparing to research with children
10.00am Registration and refreshments
10.30 Introductions and warm up
10.45 Researching children: positionality and place
11.30 Participatory approaches
12.15pm Lunch
1.00pm Research ethics with children and young people
2.30pm Refreshment break
2.50 – 4.00pm Child protection in research contexts
4.00pm – 4.30pm Question and answers – sharing research ideas
Day 2 – Friday March 9th Doing research with children
9.30am Registration and refreshments
10.00am Mapping childhood through secondary data sets
11.30am Refreshment break
12.00pm Multi-sensory ethnography: objects, sounds and movement
1.00pm Lunch
1.45pm Using creative methods with children and young people


  • Mobile methods
  • Visual methods
  • Material methods
3.15pm Refreshments with discussion and evaluation