How we work

We co-produce our products and services with people who use services and carers, and collaborate with care providers, commissioners, policymakers and researchers. We work closely with colleagues in related areas such as healthcare and housing

The aspirations, experiences and expertise of people who use care services, their families and carers, are all central to our work. We gather and analyse the research and evidence about the practices and policies that benefit people. Depending on the strength of the evidence, we take that knowledge and develop resources and services to ensure that staff who support them are aware of what works, and what does not.

Our services are used by frontline care staff, social workers, managers in care organisations, commissioners in local authorities; along with the NHS, trainers, lecturers, students, researchers, advocates and policy makers; as well as by people who use care services, their families and friends.

SCIE is commissioned by a range of key clients including the Department of Health, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, Department for Education, Welsh Assembly Government, the DHSSPSNI in Northern Ireland, as well as individual care providers and local authorities.

We publish our work on this website - including our e-learning resources, Social Care TV films, interactive guides and tools that are specially designed to work online. You can download and print off most of our materials.

We also provide a range of paid-for services, including training, consultancy, research and product development to support improvement. 

We host or support a number of partnership projects including the Think Local, Act Personal Consortium and the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care.

Our people

We are governed by an independent Board of Trustees, and our staff consist of social care experts, experienced frontline staff, research and communication experts.

Our Co-production network

SCIE aims to co-produce all our work with people who use services and carers. We are committed to co-production and have developed a set of principles and a strategy to achieve this.

SCIE's Co-production Network guides and supports our work with people who use services, carers and equalities groups.

Equality, diversity and human rights

SCIE is committed to addressing equality, diversity and human rights issues in all aspects of the organisation and its work.

SCIE’s Equality and Human Rights Objectives sets out how it does this and meets the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010.

View: Equality and Human Rights Objectives and Action Plan

We monitor the progress on the objectives through an annual report to SCIE's board of trustees. This report also meets the requirement of the Public Sector Equality Duty for SCIE to publish details of progress on objectives on equality and diversity.

View: Annual equality, diversity and human rights/ Equality and Human Rights Objectives report

SCIE ensures that equalities groups are involved in all aspects of its work through the Co-production Network.