Useful Links


SWAN is a network of social work practitioners, academics, students and social welfare service users united in their concern that social work activity is being undermined by managerialism and marketisation, by the stigmatisation of service users and by welfare cuts and restrictions.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. Their aim is to make sure better care is provided for everyone, whether that’s in hospital, in care homes, in people’s own homes, or elsewhere.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

The Social Care Institute for Excellence gathers and publicises knowledge about how to make social care services better. SCIE is an independent organisation created in response to the government drive to improve quality in social care services across England and Wales. It was launched in October 2001, has around 30 permanent staff and a board of 12 trustees who guide its work and ensure its independence.

Shaping Our Lives’

This website will support Shaping Our Lives’ vision of an equal and fair society where people have the same opportunities, choices, rights and responsibilities. A society where people have choice and control over the way they live and the support services they use.

National Skills Academy for Social Care

The National Skills Academy for Social Care is for everyone committed to excellent adult social care in England. They aim to embed leadership at all levels in the sector, and so to transform the quality of care that is provided to service users.

Regulating health, psychological and social work professionals