Children: Research

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of Evan Harris Evan Harris Shadow Minister (Science), Innovation, Universities and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps he is taking to improve research standards in trials which involve schoolchildren.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

The Department ensures that all the research it funds goes through an appropriate process of methodological and ethical scrutiny to ensure that children's safety and well-being are protected and that the research results are robust. In addition, the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) vets all applications made by academics and others to conduct research involving local authority children's services departments, whether funded by the Department or not.

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