Frequently Asked Questions

Required Level of Disclosure / PVG Scheme Membership

Clinical Research

The responses to questions 1 to 5 are premised on the fact that any potential research is either health or medical-related and is concerned with the provision of a health service. So, if the research is to be used by a health service then a Standard (or PVG) Disclosure will be required.

1. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting research involving Protected Adults in a hospital.

Face to face interview to elicit information from patients by asking questions in connection with health or medical issues.

ANSWER: Standard Disclosure required – Position which is concerned with the provision of a health service and the Researcher has access to patients in the course of his/her activities.

2. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting research involving Protected Adults in a hospital.

Face to face interview with patients, gathering information and providing advice, making recommendations relating to the patients’ health/medical condition/s.

ANSWER: PVG Scheme Membership required as the Researcher is considered to be in regulated work with Protected Adults and is deemed to be “delivering a health service”

3. QUESTION: Lecturer visiting an NHS Trust to meet with students (working at a Hospital on Placement), for academic supervision and/or mentoring purposes.

The Lecturer is there for discussion only with the students and the NHS staff, and is not required to interact directly with patients.

ANSWER: Basic Disclosure required – a Standard Disclosure would not be required as the Lecturer is ‘not concerned with the provision of a health service’. S/he is there for academic purposes only.

4. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting research involving Child Patients from a local Hospital, in a University setting.

Researcher is in sole charge of the children during the research.

ANSWER: PVG scheme membership required as the Researcher is deemed to be in regulated work with Children - “Being in sole charge of Children”.

5. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting research involving Child Patients from a local Hospital, in a University setting.

Researcher carries out the research with the child’s parents present.

ANSWER: PVG scheme membership required if the Researcher is providing advice in relation to the child’s health or is carrying out medical examinations/tests, even with the child’s parents present.

If the Researcher is simply asking questions, then a Basic Disclosure is required.

Non-Clinical Research

The responses to questions 6 to 13 are premised on the fact that any potential research does not relate to the provision of a health service. The Researcher will be carrying out regulated work with children and/or regulated work with adults if the research being conducted can be categorised as:

  • caring for children, Protected Adults
  • teaching, instructing, training or supervising children or Protected Adults
  • being in sole charge of children or Protected Adults
  • providing advice or guidance to children or Protected Adults which relates to physical or emotional wellbeing, education or training.

Research Involving Protected Adults

6. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting non-health- service related research involving Protected Adults in a University setting.

Face to face interview to elicit information from participants by asking questions or conducting a questionnaire. The individual’s carer is present.

ANSWER: Basic Disclosure required – a Standard Disclosure would not be required as the Researcher is ‘not concerned with the provision of a health service’. S/he is there for academic research purposes only.

7. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting non-health-service related research involving Protected Adults in a University setting.

Face to face interview to elicit information from participants by asking questions or conducting a questionnaire. The individual’s carer is not present.

ANSWER: Basic Disclosure required – a Standard Disclosure would not be required as the Researcher is ‘not concerned with the provision of a health service’. S/he is there for academic research purposes only. “Protected Adults” are only “Protected Adults” when they are in receipt of one of the designated health services.

8. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting non-health-service related research involving Protected Adults in a University setting.

The research involves physical contact (taking measurements of the participant’s height, weight, waist circumference, and skin-fold thickness – the last of these requires the lifting of clothing). The individual’s carer is present.

ANSWER: Basic Disclosure required – a Standard Disclosure would not be required as the Researcher is ‘not concerned with the provision of a health service’. S/he is there for academic research purposes only.

9. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting non-health-service related research involving Protected Adults in a University setting.

The research involves physical contact (taking measurements of the participant’s height, weight, waist circumference, and skin-fold thickness – the last of these requires the lifting of clothing). The individual’s carer is not present.

ANSWER: Basic Disclosure required – a Standard Disclosure would not be required as the Researcher is ‘not concerned with the provision of a health service’. S/he is there for academic research purposes only. “Protected Adults” are only “Protected Adults” when they are actually in receipt of one of the designated health services.

Research Involving Children

10. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting research involving children at a local school.

Researcher carries out the research, which involves an interview or questionnaire, with teacher or parent present.

ANSWER: Standard Disclosure required. However, a school is an establishment under the PVG Scheme and if there is an opportunity for the Researcher to have UNSUPERVISED contact with children, then s/he would be eligible for PVG Scheme membership.

11. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting research involving children at a local school.

Researcher carries out the research, which involves an interview or questionnaire, with no teacher or parent present.

ANSWER: PVG Scheme membership required as the Researcher would be deemed to be in regulated work with Children.

12. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting research involving children at a local school.

Researcher carries out the research, which involves physical contact (taking measurements of the child’s height, weight, waist circumference, and skin-fold thickness – the last of these requires the lifting of clothing). Teacher or parent is present throughout.

ANSWER: Standard Disclosure required. However, a school is an establishment under the PVG Scheme and if there is an opportunity for the researcher to have UNSUPERVISED contact with children, then s/he would be eligible for PVG Scheme membership.

13. QUESTION: A Researcher is conducting research involving children at a local school.

Researcher carries out the research, which involves physical contact (taking measurements of the child’s height, weight, waist circumference, and skin-fold thickness – the last of these requires the lifting of clothing). No teacher or parent is present.

ANSWER: PVG Scheme membership required as the Researcher would be deemed to be in regulated work with Children.