Activities which need approval include:
- getting information from or about Children and Young People's Services or Adult and Health Services users, their carers, families, relatives or employees
- interviewing members of a social care team for a college or university project
- conducting a survey or focus group with service users seeking their views and experience
- using service user personal data in a service evaluation
If you are unsure about needing approval, please read the application criteria on page 3 of the RAG application form (PDF, 696kb).
The routine collection of management data through existing internal systems and processes is not research.
The Department of Health set out standards and procedures to safeguard people doing research. Full details are available from Gov.uk: research governance framework for health and social care.