Data Protection

Study data collected will include contact details, signed consent forms and audio recordings of interviews. Minimal personal data will be collected, such as the your race, health, sex life and sexual orientation. Interviews will be recorded using devices only available to the research team. The recordings will be transferred to password protected LJMU computers and then deleted from the recording device. Consent forms will be transferred to locked LJMU filing cabinets at the earliest opportunity.

The transcripts will be anonymised and only accessible to the research team. Personal, identifiable data will be stored for 10 years, in line with LJMU codes of practice.

After publication and dissemination of the findings, we do not anticipate that you will be able to be identified in the research outcomes. This is because the main outcome will be an updated framework and recommendations for services, as opposed to investigating and reporting on your personal information and experiences.

Quotes may be used in other research papers following data collection and your interview, however they will be anonymised. Furthermore, it will be even more difficult to directly or indirectly identify quotes as recruitment is taking place across various centres, services and geographical locations.