The Scottish Government has issued guidance: Navigating ethical approval and access in social care research (PDF). This has been developed by a working group involving Scottish Government, ADSW and Iriss, and explores the routes for navigating social care research ethics.
The guidance was launched at a well-attended event in Edinburgh on 28 January; in the course of lively discussion a number of key issues were highlighted. These included the potential implications of health and social care integration for the approval of research activity; the role of voluntary sector ethics committees; and the challenges that the involvement of user researchers can present for traditional ethics committees. It is intended that the guidance should evolve with changing circumstances and experience, and feedback is welcome from those involved in the range of research activity across social care.
We recorded two of the presentations at the event, which have been made available on IRISS.FM.
- Alison Petch speak about the importance of ethics in social care research and the six principles for ethical research.
- Catherine-Rose Stocks Rankin speak about supporting practitioners on the ethical research journey that was taken on the PROP (Practitioner Research Older People) project.