In this section
The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human
Research says that if you want people to take part in your
research project, you need to get their informed consent. This means that they:
To help people understand your project, you should
give them information in plain language. Our website provides a number
of plain language resources to help you do this.
You also need to record the fact that each person
has consented to take part in your project. You can record consent in a number
of ways, depending on the:
Some common ways of recording consent are:
Research with children and young people under 18
years of age raises particular issues around informed consent. Usually, you
need to get consent from:
When you are seeking consent from a child or young
person, you need to think about:
You should respect the developing capacity of children and young people to be involved in decisions about their participation in research. In some cases, parental consent may not be necessary. For example, a 17 year-old with good literacy skills may be able to consent to low-risk research. For further information about doing research with children and young people, see Chapter 4.2 of the National Statement.
The Australian Paediatric Research Ethics and Governance Network (AGPREG) has produced this guide on consent in paediatric research. The APREG guide provides information about clinical trials, participants who are children, and consent.
On our website you’ll find a number of resources to
help you meet the National Statement’s requirements around informed consent.