Useful links - social care and family support

Action on Hearing Loss Library

The largest library in Europe that specialises in deafness and hearing loss. Anyone can use the library and books can be borrowed through the inter-library lending scheme.

British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

The largest association representing social work and social workers in the UK.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is part of UK police and is dedicated to protecting children from sexual abuse wherever they may be.

Contact a Family

The national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability.


Coram Children's Legal Centre

Provides legal advice, information and representation for children and young people. 

Community Care

Dedicated to all areas of the social care profession, Community Care is the leading online medium for those working in social care and it contains all of the articles that have been published both in Community Care magazine and online since 1995.

National Quality Improvement Network

A specialist body that support quality improvement managers and policy makers working in early years, play and extended services to improve outcomes for young children and their families, by providing an extensive range of peer support, practice development, leadership and guidance.


The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is the leading children's charity in the UK, specialising in child protection. 

Rights in Reality

Steve Broach, a leading barrister in child law, write a regular blog on the law and disabled children.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is a leading improvement support agency and independent charity, working with the care and support sector in the UK.

Social Care Online

Provides an extensive free database of social care information, including research briefings, reports, government documents, journal articles, and websites.

Skills for Care and Development

Skills for Care and Development is the Sector Skills Council for social care, children and young people’s workforces in the UK.