Stephen Potter

Pub Date: 07/2006
Pages: 320

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Stephen Potter
Chapter 9 - Ethical frameworks
The Open University’s research ethics website includes links to a number of key sites as well as the OU’s own documents and policies - Click Here
The chapter mentions the prominent role that the NHS Central Office of Research Ethics Committees (COREC) now plays - Click Here
Professional Bodies
Individual Professional Bodies have their own policies and codes of conduct. Check the website of any professional bodies in your field of study. Some key ones include:
The British Educational Research Association at - Click Here
(See Chapter 5: Research Ethics in Relation to Writing).
The British Psychological Association code of conduct at - Click Here
The British Sociological Association at - Click Here
The British Association of Social Workers at - Click Here
Individual university departments will often have policies/codes of conduct in research ethics. These may cover topics that do not have a specific professional code of ethics, or may incorporate professional codes. Again you should check if your own department has a research ethics code. However the following are useful examples covering a range of subject areas:
The University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Studies - Click Here
The Research Methods Server in the Division of Social Sciences, School of Law and Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University - Click Here
The University of Hull on Criminal Justice Ethics - Click Here
on Political Ethics - Click Here
and on Biomedical Ethics and Law - Click Here
Funding Bodies
Of increasing importance are the Ethical Codes of Practice and Policies of Research Funding Bodies. These include:
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on Research Ethics and Confidentiality at - Click Here
The Medical Research Council Ethics Series at - Click Here
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics - Click Here
The Wellcome Trust on biomedical ethics - Click Here
When working with vulnerable individuals a researcher often needs ‘disclosure’ from the.
Criminal Records Bureau. The CRB Disclosure service is found at - Click Here
This chapter also references: Alderson, P. (2004) ‘Ethics’, in Fraser, S., Lewis, V., Ding, S., Kellett, M. and Robinson, C. (eds.), Doing Research with Children and Young People, London, Sage. - Click Here
There are now a number of books on research ethics, including Research Ethics for Social Scientists by Mark Israel and Iain Hay - Click Here

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