Standards for child and youth development programs
Child and Youth Development Program Administration (CYD-AM) 6: Research Protections
A program that participates in or permits research involving children and youth or their families:
ensures that all research is conducted in accordance with applicable legal requirements;
has a mechanism to review and approve or deny research proposals;
establishes that children and youth and their parents or legal guardians have the right to refuse to participate without penalty;
informs children and youth and their parents or legal guardians about the nature and purpose of the research, and any possible risks or discomfort, as applicable;
obtains consent forms signed by research participants and their parents or legal guardians; and
guarantees protection of research participants’ identity and confidentiality.
Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs will typically only obtain consent from children’s parents or legal guardians. However, they may choose to involve children in the process, to the extent that children are capable of being involved. Programs are also responsible for complying with any state laws that address the involvement of children in providing authorization, if applicable.
NAThe program does not participate in or permit research involving children and youth or their families.
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