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Ethics and governance in social work research in the UK.

Dominelli, L. and Holloway, M. (2008) 'Ethics and governance in social work research in the UK.', British journal of social work., 38 (5). pp. 1009-1024.

Abstract

The application of formal research ethics and governance structures in social work research have lagged behind those applicable in health, although in the UK, social care has been deemed to be covered by those that were used in the NHS. Whilst this link is useful, it does not facilitate researcher involvement in the small-scale qualitative studies that feature in social work more than in health. Our exploration of the subject reveals that the dominance of the natural sciences paradigm in the social science is evident nationally, regionally and internationally. So, in this sense, the UK follows the usual paths that favour quantitative studies. In this article we explore the trajectory of governance structures in social work research in the UK to argue that social work needs its own ethics and governance structures, but that some agreement should be sought with other professions, particularly in those projects that cross professional and discipline boundaries so that social work research does not have to undergo dual processes for ethical approval. This implies a broader recognition of social work research ethics and governance structures than currently exist.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Professional practice, Discourse, Inter-professional working, Social work and IT, Professional identity.
Full text:Full text not available from this repository.
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcm123
Record Created:02 Feb 2010 15:50
Last Modified:20 Aug 2010 11:47

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