Overview

UW Administrative Policy Statement (APS) 10.13 Requirements for University and Third Party Led Youth Programs establishes safeguards that protect the safety and well-being of youth (persons under the age of 18) who come into contact with the University, including University led research.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research includes safeguards for “vulnerable populations,” including youth. APS 10.13 establishes additional critical safety and prevention measures that are not addressed by IRB requirements such as background screening, training and conduct expectations for personnel who interact with youth, emergency preparedness and response measures, and more broadly-defined health and safety measures.

Applicability

APS 10.13 requirements apply to all research including IRB-approved and exempt research that is:

  • led by the University of Washington;
  • includes youth as a subject population; and
  • involves in-person or virtual interactions with youth.

Is my study required to comply with APS 10.13?

✓ Yes, applicable
  • UW-led (incld. but not limited to those subject to UW IRB review)
  • includes human subjects under age 18
  • research protocols involve in-person or virtual interactions
✕ No, not applicable
  • Non-UW PI and no UW data collection on minor human subjects
  • does not include human subjects under age 18
  • retrospective research, no human interaction

Even if the IRB determines that a study does not fit the definition of “research,” if youth (persons under age 18) are a human subject population, the study must meet requirements of APS 10.13.

Research activities may take place on campus, off campus, in international locations, or virtually. Virtual interactions require the same level of screening and supervision as do in-person interactions.

Retrospective research that does not involve current or future in-person or virtual interactions with youth is not required to follow this policy.

Non-UW led research (i.e., third party led research) that does not involve data collection by a UW study team is not required to follow this policy.

Required Steps

These requirements are further detailed in the APS 10.13 Policy Resource Guide. For more information view the Research FAQs.

  1. Register your research in the Youth Program Registration System (YPRS). See our Registering Research tutorial here.
  2. Authorized Personnel must complete screening, training and conduct requirements
  3. Report suspected child abuse or neglect and behaviors of concern
  4. Maintain safe environments
  5. Emergency and safety planning and response
  6. Follow Privacy Practices
Prior to study start
  • Register your research in the Youth Program Registration System (YPRS)
  • Authorized personnel must complete screening, training and conduct requirements.
During study period
  • Report suspected child abuse or neglect and behaviors of concern
  • Maintain safe environments
  • Emergency planning and response
  • Follow privacy practices