This is the first issue of the Children's Research Digest, which comprises seven short articles and five research summaries that draw on the work of the Children's Research Network members. Together they contribute new knowledge on engaging children int eh research process and authentically representing their views within a diverse range of research and policy contexts.

The publication of the first of the Children’s Research Digest would not have been possible without the assistance of all those who contributed. The editors would like to thank all members of the editorial committee and the reviewers, with particular thanks to Ailbhe Booth, Wendy Cousins, Sarah Jane Flaherty, Nóirín Hayes, Helen Mc Avoy, Tess Noonan, Emer Ring and Orla Tuohy. We would also like to thank the members of the Executive Committee of the Children’s Research Network for supporting and encouraging the Digest  and Marian O’Dea for her on-going assistance. We are very grateful to our graphic designer Leanne Willars who brought the Digest to life. Finally, we would like to thank the members of the Children’s Research Network for their support and participation in this new venture.