§ 950-1-3-.14. Research Involving Juvenile Sex Offender Programs
(1) All research involving youth with illegal sexual behavior problems must receive approval by an appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) using standards set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Office for Protection from Research Risks.
(2) Professionals involved in research must obtain voluntary and written informed assents from Juvenile participants and voluntary and written informed consents from parents/ guardians of Juvenile participants. Such consent must be obtained in such a manner so as to avoid real or perceived Coercion to participate. Information must be in language understandable by the participant and his [or her] representative. Since the clients of the Department's Juvenile sex offender treatment programs are especially vulnerable to Coercion and/or influence, appropriate safeguards must be included to protect the rights and welfare of those research participants.
(3) A final report on any research involving clients of a Juvenile sex offender treatment program must be submitted to the Department of Youth Services to be kept on file. Professionals engaged in research activities should carefully consider possible consequences and should follow established guidelines for the protection of evaluation and research participants. These guidelines are available upon request from the Department.
(a) Juvenile sex offender treatment professionals should keep current with emerging research knowledge relevant to Juvenile sex offender treatment. Professionals should be encouraged to contribute to the knowledge base of the field through various research endeavors.(New Rule: August 16, 2002; effective September 20, 2002. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 02, November 30, 2018, eff. December 21, 2018.)
Author: Department of Youth Services
Statutory Authority: Title 44; Code of Ala. 1975, §§ 15-20-1 through 15-20-36; §§ 13A-6-60 through 13A-6-111.
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