Ethical Dilemmas And 3.1 Qualitative Research Design

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Chapter Three: Methodology and ethical considerations

3.1 Qualitative research design

A qualitative approach was utilised for this research. This approach was seen as the most appropriate for this study due to its capacity to gain meaningful depth into the professional 's knowledge and experiences (Silverman, 2004, p.10, Vasilachis de Gialdino, 2009). As Illingworth (2006) states 'knowledge cannot be understood without understanding the meaning that individuals attribute to that knowledge – their thoughts, feelings, beliefs and actions '. The process involves using an inductive process through the researcher interpreting the information shared to create concepts and theories (.....). This exploration may not have been possible through a quantitative approach due to its numerical and less descriptive properties.

3.2 The interviews

Semi-structured interviews were used as a source of data collection for
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Additionally, any third party information shared by the participants has been anonymised. To respect the terms of confidentiality and for safeguarding purposes, the participants were made aware that any information they disclose during the interview would be treated confidentially, unless something raised posed the risk of harm to them or to someone else. In the event of a safeguarding concern being raised, this would have been discussed with the research supervisor and, if required, a referral made to another agency. Upon completion of the interview, the participants were given a full debrief and the next process of the data analysis was explained. This gave the participants the opportunity to ask any additional questions. Additionally, to ensure researcher protection, a university email address was used for all correspondence and organisational health and safety regulations were adhered to during the

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