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Process for Obtaining Child Assent and/or Parental/Guardian Permission

The process for obtaining oral and/or written consent for children and minors is similar to that of obtaining consent for adults.  An effective informed consent process involves at minimum these elements:

  • Conducting the process in a manner and location that ensures participant privacy,
  • Giving adequate information about the study in a language understandable to the participant,
  • Providing adequate opportunity for the participant to consider all options,
  • Responding to the participant’s questions,
  • Ensuring the participant has understood the information provided,
  • Obtaining the participant’s voluntary agreement to participate, and
  • Continuing to provide information as the participant or research requires.