In Researching Early Childhood, Children's Research Digest, vol. 2 we track the move away from the traditional approach to studying children in isolation from the complex contexts in which they develop to a wider, socio-cultural, contextual understanding with children as active participants in the ecology of life.

The recognition of children as active participants in their own development has heightened awareness to including children in the research process and giving them a voice in matters effecting them – something committed to the National Policy Framework for children and young people: Better Outcomes – Brighter Futures (2014) in the Republic of Ireland and Our Children and Young People – Our Pledge (2006) in Northern Ireland.