Social Care online

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  • … Social Care Online is a portal to the UK’s largest collection of information on social work and social care. You can find everything from research briefings, to reports, government documents, journal articles, events and websites with the click of a button. Updated daily by SCIE’s experienced information managers, Social Care Online offers unrivalled access and ease of use.
  • Social Care Online is a product of the Social Care Institute for Excellence SCIE … (about 1/2).

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About 2/2 … /When did Social Care Online start? Social Care Online was launched in its present form in May 2005.  

Previously it was known as the Electronic Library for Social Care (eLSC). Content originates from the National Institute for Social Work library and includes resources dating from the 1980s. Abstracted articles from key social work journals, such as the British Journal of Social Work, and defining texts by authors such as John Bowlby (Attachment Theory), which were published in the 60s and 70s can also be found on Social Care Online.

There are approximately 150,000 records on Social Care Online (as of November 2010). Where possible a link is made to the full text of a document. When this is not available, an abstract is provided.

What topic areas are covered in Social Care Online?

The core subject areas where we collect all relevant information include:

  • families, children, young people
  • government and social policy
  • mental health and mental health care
  • people, groups and communities (including older people and black and minority ethnic people)
  • physical and learning disabilities
  • social care
  • social work and social workers.

Supporting and peripheral areas where we selectively collect material include:

  • benefits and personal finance
  • criminal justice, law and rights
  • education (covered very selectively for books and articles, with a tight focus on social care issues, including mental health, social exclusion, school exclusion and policy issues around inclusive learning), training and employment
  • health and health care
  • housing
  • local government
  • management and organisational development
  • psychology.

The topic tree is available for reference, in hierarchical and alphabetical formats, as a PDF file.
Hierarchical topic tree (122kb /32 pages PDF file)
Alphabetical topic tree (541kb /83 pages PDF file)

Where to we collect information from? … (full long text about).

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