The Children’s Research Network is committed to respecting the privacy of all individuals who are members of the Network and who use our website, communications and social media channels, in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation.

This policy explains what data we collect when you become a member, visit our website or subscribe to our communications. It also outlines how we use that data and how you can opt out.

Our communications platforms

The Children’s Research Network is a members’ organisation active across the island of Ireland.

We use our website to communicate about our work as a Network and the work of members of the Network.

If you become a member of the Network you have the option of signing up for our mailing list. If you choose to sign-up to this list you will receive emails from us about the network, events, research opportunities and publications (The CRN newsletter is disseminated at most one per month, and occasional other key member emails are limited to three per year at most). You can also sign up for the Network to contact you regarding opportunities for potential collaborations or connections. We would never pass on your email address or details without your consent​.

What data do we collect on our website?

Your membership data

The Children’s Research Network aims to bring together and connect a wide range of professionals. When you become a member of the Network you are asked to provide the following:

  • Email
  • Name
  • Twitter / Linkedin accounts (optional)
  • County (optional)
  • Research interests
  • Sector
  • Institution/Organisation (optional)
  • Role (optional)
  • Professional biography (optional)
  • Membership of CRN SIGs (optional)

We do not ask you for any data which includes sensitive information.

This information will be shared with other members of the Network. See "Your Network-only Profile below"

You will also be given the option to share your information publicly on our website: see "Your Public Profile" below

A record of your profile is securely held on the back-end of our website.


Our website uses cookies, small text files which are placed on your computer or device as you navigate a website. We use Google Analytics cookies to tell us about levels of activity on our website, for example which pages on the site are used more frequently. This information helps us to improve and enhance our website. A cookie is also stored in your browser when you use the membership section. This enables us to validate your credentials and helps you to navigate the members-only section.

We do not collect any personal details about you using cookies. Any of the data or information that we gather using cookies is anonymised and only used to help us improve our website. We don’t use it for other purposes, such as donations or advertising, and we won’t share this information with others unless we are legally required to do so. See Google’s Privacy Policy

Managing your Membership and Processing your payment

We use two third-party payment platforms to manage your memberships and your membership payments. is a membership database which helps us process online membership payments as well as manage membership details. JoinIt is an American company and GDPR-compliant, and our account is password secured. See JoinIt’s Privacy Policy

Your payment is then processed by Stripe. Stripe is GDPR-compliant, and our Stripe account is secured using a two-step authentication process. See Stripe’s Privacy Policy

We do not see your payment information or share any details with any other third party, except where required to by law.

Your Network-Only Profile

The data you provide at registration informs your Members Directory profile in JoinIt. This can only be viewed by other members who are logged into JoinIt. Members can only see the information you have provided.

Your Public Profile

When you register to become a member of the Network you are also given the option to make your profile public on the Children’s Research Network website. At any time, you can ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’ of this feature by logging in and going to your profile settings. NOTE: This feature is currently under revision (June 2020)

Changing your profile settings and opting-out

You can add to, amend or delete the information contained in your profile at any time through logging into JoinIt and going to your settings. The Children’s Research Network will not add or amend the details of your profile or share it with anyone outside of the Network or any third party without your consent.

A record of your profile and consent decisions is saved securely on the back-end of our website and on JoinIt, accessible only to the team in the Children’s Research Network.

Subscribing and unsubscribing to the mailing list

When registering to become a member you are asked if you would like to opt-in to our mailing list.

We either use email or Mail Chimp to forward communications such as digests, bulletins and information on conferences and other events to those who have opted-in to receive them.

Mail Chimp uses email tracking that tells us when you have opened an email and what links you clicked on. We use this information only to improve our communications and inform our communications planning and reporting. Mail Chimp is an American company who are compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation. See Mail Chimp’s Privacy Policy.

You can change your permissions at any time through the settings section of your JoinIt profile. All communications include an unsubscribe option.

Expired membership

In accordance with our data protection policy, your details will be removed from our website and JoinIt once your membership has expired. Your data will then be deleted in accordance with our Data Protection Policy.

Who do we share your information with?

CRN is committed to respecting your privacy. At times your data may be shared with other third-parties in order to fulfil legitimate Network activities. We commit to only using third-party providers that are compliant with GDPR. This includes Eventbrite for organising conferences and PayPal for processing other payments. See Eventbrite’s Privacy Policy. See Paypal’s Privacy Policy. Your personal data will not be used for any other purpose, including direct marketing.

Right of subject access

As part of our commitment to respecting your privacy you have the right to request details on the personal data we collect about you. This right includes information on who processed your data as well as when and why it was processed. You also have the right to request a copy of your personal data.

If you have any queries please write to us at 30 Anglesea St, Dublin 2 or email us at and include your name, contact information and details on what you would like to know. We will endeavour to respond to your request within 30 days.

Your Right of Access is among a number of individual rights provided for by data protection regulations. For more information on these rights please click here.

The Children's Research Network is hosted by the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre​, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin