Research governance in social care and health

‘Research Governance Framework: Resource Pack for Social Care’ (2nd Edition) published October 2010

Welcome to the 2nd Edition (2010) of the Research Governance Framework Resource Pack for Social Care, supported by the Department of Health, SSRG and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.

The purpose of the Resource Pack is to assist Councils with Social Services Responsibilities to fulfil their role in ensuring that research involving their clients or staff is carried out in an ethical and sound way. The Pack sets out clearly how to establish transparent systems to approve, record and monitor research activity. It explains why research governance is necessary and what it means in practice. It includes a section on frequently asked questions and gives examples of how different Councils have set up research governance systems. It summarises the relevant legislation and provides some practical tools for reviewing research proposals.

The Pack can be downloaded from the Social Care Institute for Excellence Research Governance pages:, where you will also find the Research Register and contact details of Research Governance Leads in England.