Anyone can put information on the web, so how can you tell if it's reliable and accurate?
Useful websites that are relevant to Social Policy and Social Work include:
Information and advice to help and support older people.
British Crime Survey list of datasets
The British Crime Survey (BCS) is one of the largest social surveys conducted in Britain.The BCS is primarily a 'victimisation' survey, in which respondents are asked about the experiences of property crimes of the household and personal crimes which they themselves have experienced.
British Geriatrics Society
Association of health care professionals interested in elderly medical care - uses the expertise of its members to inform and influence the development of health care policy in the UK and to ensure the design, commissioning and delivery of age appropriate health services.It produces best practice guides, clinical guidelines and case studies among other publications.
Centre for Policy on Ageing
Independent charity promoting the interests of older people through research, policy analysis and the dissemination of information. Publishes reports, briefings and reviews on age-related topics.
The Centre for Research on Families, Life Course and Generations
Interdisciplinary forum for researchers and research users interested in families, life course trajectories and transitions, and intergenerational relationships.
A specialist website dedicated to all areas of the social care profession.
Department of Health (UK)
Gerontological Society of America
Multidisciplinary society for professionals in the field of aging. Focuses on promoting the scientific study of aging; produces a variety of publications and reports.
Health and Care Professions Council
The General Social Care Council (GSCC) is the regulator of social workers and social work education in England.
International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics
Promotes the highest levels of achievement in gerontological research and training worldwide, interacts with other international, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations in the promotion of gerontological interests globally.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
A charity working towards change for people and places in poverty and an ageing society aiming for a more equal society; produce publications and reports.
National Institute on Aging (USA)
NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.
National Institute for Social Work
Office for National Statistics: Crime and Justice
Figures on crime levels and trends for England and Wales based primarily on two sets of statistics: the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crime data.
Social Care Institute for Excellence
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) was established by Government in 2001 to improve social care services for adults and children in the United Kingdom.
Social Care Online
Database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work, hosted by SCIE.
Social Welfare at the British Library
Access the British Library's vast digital and print holdings on Social Welfare Policy.
UK Data Service
A unified point of access to data from ESDS, Census Programme, Secure Data Service, and others.
There is a huge range of information on the Internet, but you need to be vigilant about the quality of what you find. Using subject gateways and sites which are created by subject specialists will ensure that you find information that has been evaluated for its academic quality.