Children’s Participation in Business

Global Child Forum Associated Survey Participants

My name is Dr. Tara Collins. I am an Associate Professor at Ryerson University working in the School of Child and Youth Care in the Faculty of Community Services. I would like to invite you to take part in my research study, which concerns an exploration of children’s participation in business organizations and their activities. I am conducting this research with two other researchers: Dr. Kay Tisdall from the Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group at The University of Edinburgh, and Dr. Christina McMellon, consultant with the Childhood & Youth Studies Research Group, MHSES University of Edinburgh.

 The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child describes participation as

… ongoing processes, which include information-sharing and dialogue between children and adults based on mutual respect, and in which children can learn how their views and those of adults are taken into account and shape the outcome of such processes. (2009, p. 3)

Broadly, the term of “children” refer to those under the age of 18, following Article 1 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

You are being asked to voluntarily complete this online survey. It involves questions about in what ways businesses understand and practice children’s participation in their organizations and activities, what we can learn from examples of children’s participation in businesses, and what supports businesses require to ensure that an ethical and rights-based approach to children’s participation is adopted in their organization and activities.

 Some examples of what you will be asked are:

·       What business(es) has a policy to support child participation?

·       What are the successes of children's participation in business to date?

·       What are the outstanding challenges for children's participation in business? 

·       What do you think is an excellent example of children’s participation in business?

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. In order for all of your answers to be collected, you must go to the end of the survey and click the ‘submit survey’ button. This will demonstrate your full consent to participate.

At the end of the online survey, you may choose to participate in, or support, the next stage of the research. If so, there is a separate external link that separates your survey answers from your contact details to maintain survey anonymity. This external link provides participants the option to contact the researchers for more information or their interest in future participation. Note that communicating with the researchers will mean that your anonymity will cease but the researchers will protect their confidentiality. Note that survey participants are under no obligation to continue their involvement in a future research stage.

While there are no guaranteed benefits to you, you may contribute to the creation of new knowledge, addressing current research gaps on children’s participation and advancing current business practices. You may enjoy the opportunity to influence research and business practices as well as communicating about positive efforts of business.

Potential risks of this research are quite low. The survey results are anonymous; therefore the researchers will not know any personal information about you. However, by communicating through the internet, there is an increased risk of potential compromise of anonymity due to less security. Participation in this research project is voluntary with no repercussions if you choose not to be involved. Some of the survey questions may make you uncomfortable or upset, or you may simply wish not to answer some questions. You are free to decline to answer any questions you do not wish to answer, or to stop participating at any time by closing your browser. If you close your browser before getting to the end of the survey, and do not confirm your consent to participate at the end of the survey by clicking the ‘submit survey’ button, your information collected up to that point will not be used.

The survey is anonymous and as such we will not be collecting information that will easily identify you, such as your name or other unique identifiers. We will give you the option to identify which country you are working in currently. This is to give us a sense of where the majority of the survey participants are located. Although your Internet Protocol (IP) address can be tracked through the survey platform, I, or any member of the research team, will not be collecting this information. Your IP address may be observed only to ensure that one individual is not completing the survey multiple times.

You will be asked if you are willing to provide your contact details to discuss further your survey responses. It is voluntary to share this information with us. If you decide to do this, at the end of the online survey, there is a separate external link to do so that your survey responses will be kept separate from identifying information. Participants will also be given the option to contact the researchers for more information. In either case, contacting the researchers will mean that your anonymity will cease but researchers will protect your confidentiality.

This survey uses SurveyMonkeyTM which is an American (USA) company. Consequently, US authorities under the provisions of the USA Freedom Act (formerly known as the Patriot Act) may access the survey data. If you would rather participate through an email or paper-based survey, please contact the researchers. Please note: email or paper-based surveys may allow your identity to be known to the researcher/s, but if you select this option, your information will be kept confidential.

To further protect your information, data stored by the researchers will be password-protected and encrypted. Data will be shared between the two other researchers Dr. Kay Tisdall, Dr. Christina McMellon, and me over Google Drive, which uses two-factor authentication. Only these researchers and I and our research assistant will have access to the data collected. Any future publications will include collective information (i.e., aggregate data) and possibly refer to some individual participant survey responses.

When the research is completed, the researchers will keep the data for up to five years after the study is over. At the end of these five years, all research documents and research findings will be deleted.
You will not be paid for taking part in this study.

Participation in research is completely voluntary and you can withdraw your consent at any point up to clicking the ‘submit survey’ button at the end of the survey. However, because the survey is anonymous, once you click the ‘submit survey’ button at the end of the survey, we will not be able to determine which survey answers belong to you, and so we cannot withdraw your information from our study once you click on the ‘submit survey’ button.

Please note that by clicking the ‘submit survey’ button at the end of the study, you are providing your consent for participation. By consenting to participate, you are not waiving any of your legal rights as a research participant.

If you have any questions about this research, please feel free to contact the lead researchers. If you would like to see the results of this research, please email and she will send you the final results of the research. Please note however, that if you contact the researchers, your identity will no longer be anonymous; however any identifiable information about you and your participation will be held confidentially by researchers.

Dr. Tara Collins, +1-416-979-5000 ext. 4563,
Dr. Kay Tisdall,

If you have any questions about your rights or treatment as a research
participant in this study, please contact the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board at (416) 979- 5042.

Please print a copy of this page for your future reference.
A list of online, free support groups is listed here in case you feel you need support during or after the survey is completed. You could also contact the researcher/s if you would like us to find supports for you. Please note that if you do this, your identity will be disclosed to the researcher. Please print this page or write down the contact information in case you want to access this information once you complete the survey.

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