Ethics Committee of Youth and Childhood Studies


Ethics Committee of Youth and Childhood Studies operates under the auspices of the Finnish Youth Research Network. This multidisciplinary board promotes ethical research by addressing special issues in childhood and youth research, promoting research training and participating in science policy discussion about research ethics. The committee offers ethical review to members of the Finnish Youth Research Society and the Finnish Society for Childhood Studies who cannot be provided with such assesment by their respective organisations. Researchers requesting ethical review of research must be members of the Finnish Youth Research Society or the Finnish Society for Childhood Studies. The committee cooperates with the Finnish Society for Childhood Studies, the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK) of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the field of multidisciplinary youth and childhood research.

Duties of the Ethics Committee of Youth and Childhood Studies

  1. The ethical review of non-medical research projects to researchers working for the Finnish Youth Research Society and to members of the Finnish Youth Research Society and the Finnish Society for Childhood Studies who cannot be provided with such assessments by their respective organisations. The ethical review of research is an assessment of the research plan in line with the practices of research ethics, with a focus on any harmful effects the study or its results may have on the research subjects.

  2. Offers expertise in ethical issues related to childhood and youth research in relation to ethical committees in other research organisations, such as higher education institutions and research institutes.

  3. Calls attention to ethical issues related to childhood and youth research, promotes researcher training related to ethical issues and participates in science policy discussion about research ethics.

    The committee does not have a statutory position. The Finnish Youth Research Society adheres to the ethical principles of research in human sciences determined by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK) of the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Committee on Research Ethics operates in accordance with the TENK guidelines for ethical review in the humanities and social and behavioural sciences. See: www.tenk.fi/en/ethical-review-human-sciences 

Members of the Ethics Committee of Youth and Childhood Studies

  • Chairperson: Liisa Nieminen, LLD, MSocSci, Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki
  • Vice Chairperson: Maarit Alasuutari, PsyD, Adjunct Professor, University of Jyväskylä
  • Anna Anttila, PhD, Good Leisure Time development and research project, City of Helsinki Youth Department
  • Johanna Hurtig, DSocSci, Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki / University of Lapland
  • Arto Kallioniemi, ThD, Professor, University of Helsinki
  • Hanna Lagström, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Turku Institute for Child and Youth Research
  • Niina Rutanen, DSocSci, Adjunct Professor, University of Tampere

Meetings scheduled for 2016

  • 10 February 2016 (requests for statements by 20 January 2016)
  • 19 April 2016 (requests for statements by 29 March 2016)
  • 9 June 2016 (requests for statements by 19 May 2016)
  • 15 September 2016 (requests for statements by 25 August 2016)
  • 22 November 2016 (requests for statements by 1 November 2016)

Contact information

Secretary to the committee: 

Kaisa Vehkalahti, Research Manager
Finnish Youth Research Network
tel. +358 50 491 1746
kaisa.vehkalahti(@) youthresearch.fi