Clear well-considered ethical guidelines are crucial when carrying out research involving children, especially on sensitive topics such as violence. Clear guidance is important for minimising the risk of potential harm and ensuring that any risks are outweighed by potential benefits. This session will discuss key ethical considerations when carrying out research involving children and provide an example of the ethics protocol that was used to conduct a multi-component evaluation of the Good School toolkit, a school-based intervention that seeks to prevent violence against children in schools in Uganda.
Dr. Nambusi Kyegombe is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a development studies background and a keen interest in the bi-directional relationship between health and poverty (and other social and structural drivers of morbidity) from a global health perspective. She is motivated by action-oriented research to inform interventions and positive change. Based at the Gender Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, her current research focuses on violence, HIV, livelihoods, and social and structural determinants of health. Nambusi leads formative research in Uganda into adolescent vulnerability to transactional sex and sexual exploitation as part of the Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA). She also led the qualitative evaluation of the Good School Toolkit, a school based intervention designed to reduce violence against children in schools, and SASA!, a community-based intervention that seeks to prevent violence against women and reduce HIV-related risk behaviours in Kampala, Uganda.