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Categories: ADR Scotland, Children & young people

7 March 2023

ADR Scotland is working to embed the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in its work and has a children’s rights approach to its daily practice. In particular, ADR Scotland is committed to children and young people’s right to be heard, informed and involved in how their data is used and shared. This pilot project aims to explore and understand young people’s views about their data to inform future work and ways to develop our engagement with children and young people.

The project

Every day, information is collected about the services that children and young people use, such as school and healthcare. This information can be used to help researchers and policymakers understand how to make children and young people’s lives better.

In recent years we have seen an increase in engagement with individuals whose data is being used for research purposes, but it is important that this engagement is not only with adults, but also includes children and young people’s views and perspectives.

In the context of ADR Scotland research looking at children’s lives and outcomes, and a commitment to embed a children’s rights approach across all public service delivery in Scotland, this project focuses on facilitating and exploring appropriate engagement with children and young people with administrative data, and administrative data research.

This pilot project involves engagement with a group of children and young people from across Scotland with a range of ages, experiences, needs, and interests. Running from December 2021 to April 2022, the five workshops included conversation on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and discussions on:

  • What is data? 
  • How is administrative data collected? 
  • How is this data stored, and who can access it? 
  • How is administrative data used, and why? How should children and young people be told about how their data is used? 

Project aims

This pilot project had two key objectives: 

  • To inform the conduct of SCADR researchers in how they use and communicate in relation to children and young people’s administrative data.
  • To pilot and develop a process of engagement with children and young people around administrative data in Scotland.

Project details

Project leads: Professor Morag Treanor and Dr Robert Porter, Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (ADR Scotland) 

Duration: December – June 2022

This project is funded by ADR Scotland via its core grant from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) as an ADR UK partner.

Publications, outputs and media coverage 

November 2021: News - Engaging with children and young people

July 2021: Video - UNCRC Overview Public

April 2022: Blog - Getting rights right or on the right track

April 2022: Report - Children and young people and their data

April 2022: Summary - Children and young people and their data

June 2022: News - Report published on our children's engagement pilot study

March 2023: News - New comic on children's rights and data

March 2023: Publication - Children's lives and outcomes data comic




Categories: ADR Scotland, Children & young people

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