Social Care Institute for Excellence SCIE

Linked with Social Care online.

… The Social Care Institute for Excellence’s (SCIE) mission is to identify and spread knowledge about good practice to the large and diverse social care workforce and support the delivery of transformed, personalised social care services. We aim to reach and influence practitioners, managers and the sector leadership who have responsibility for service delivery in adults’ and children’s services. We recognise the central role of people who use services, children, young people, their families and their carers, and we aim to ensure their experience and expertise is reflected in all aspects of our work … (about 1/2).


Key resources: SC TV; Social Care Online; e-Learning; Good Practice Framework;
Adults; Families, Children; Workforce; Knowledge, Research; Tools, Gateways; Publications; Newsletters; News; Events; Help;
Address: Social Care Institute for Excellence, Goldings House, 2 Hay’s Lane, London SE1 2HB, UK;

About 2/2 … /Our Role: SCIE is an independent charity, funded by the Department of Health and the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland. 

SCIE identifies and disseminates the knowledge base for good practice in all aspects of social care throughout the United Kingdom. Only by understanding what works in practice – and what does not – can services be improved, and the status of the workforce be raised.

SCIE holds a unique and important remit for the sector, and like the sector itself, is entering a transitional phase. The coming changes in adult social care and embedding of changes envisaged in the Children Act 2004 will herald a critical new stage in SCIE’s development, as we go about reshaping our organisation to support the transformation of social care.

SCIE will become an increasingly influential and authoritative voice, recognised by the Government, opinion formers and the public as a champion not just for high-quality social care but also for service innovation. When people want to know what already works in social care, and what might work in the future, they will come to SCIE as their first port of call.

See SCIE’s Strategy 2008-11 booklet in the Corporate documents section for further details.

SCIE and local government.

Our principles – SCIE strives to be:

  • Authoritative: we ensure that there is good evidence from research and other reliable sources for what we say
  • Responsive: we work nationally and regionally with partners to understand the sector’s needs and to respond effectively
  • People-centred: we involve service users, children, parents and carers in designing the services we provide; we test our products with our end-users, including employers in all parts of the workforce
  • Accessible: we reflect the diversity of the United Kingdom in our work and strive to make our resources accessible to our stakeholders.
  • Transparent: we are open and accountable to our sponsors and our stakeholders
  • Impartial: we express our judgement independently and with integrity
  • Collaborative: we seek out and promote partnerships with other organisations in the sector to realise our joint objectives for social care
  • Confident: we are confident when we communicate our work.

What do we do: … (full long text about).

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