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Association for Care Training & Assesment Networks

ACTAN strives to promote and develop good practice with regard to the training delivery and assessment of health and social care staff, and those who support children and young people.

Autism Europe

Autism-Europe aisbl is an international association whose main objective is to advance the rights of persons with autism and their families and to help them improve their quality of life. Autism-Europe ensures effective liaison among more than 80 member associations of parents of persons with autism in 30 European countries, including 20 Member States of the European Union, governments and European and international institutions. Autism-Europe plays a key role in raising public awareness, and in influencing the European decision-makers on all issues relating to autism, including the promotion of the rights of people with autism and other disabilities involving complex dependency needs. To maximise our impact on EU policies, Autism-Europe works in strategic coalitions with organisations that share the same concerns and goals. These include the European Disability Forum (EDF), the Platform of European Social NGOs and the European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL). Autism Europe is a founder member of these organisations and currently holds the vice presidency of EDF.


We run over 800 UK projects that transform the lives of more than 190,000 children and young people every year. Our work includes: fostering and adoption services and support helping children break free from sexual exploitation supporting young carers helping children living in poverty.


BEMIS is the national Ethnic Minorities led umbrella body supporting the development of the Ethnic Minorities Voluntary Sector in Scotland. BEMIS was established in 2002 to promote the interest of minority ethnic voluntary organisations, develop capacity and support inclusion and integration of ethnic minorities communities. It is a member-led and managed organisation with an elected board of directors. The major aims and objectives of BEMIS are to represent and support the development of the ethnic minority voluntary sector across Scotland, and to support the diverse communities and individuals that this sector represents, especially those who are under- represented and disadvantaged. BEMIS aims to address inequalities by empowering communities, working towards an inclusive society by establishing structures, which recognise diversity and empowers ethnic minorities, and ensuring that they are fully recognised and supported as a valued part of the Scottish multicultural civic society.


Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) was established in 2006 to raise awareness and address the stigma associated with mental illness. The aim of our work is to see a reduction in the inequalities in the treatment and care of people from African Caribbean communities who use mental health services, and to inform these communities on how to influence the strategic development, policy design and implementation of services. BMH UK's focus is on empowering African Caribbean communities to improve the Black service user experience and reduce the over representation of Black people at the coercive end of psychiatric care.

Brain Injury Social Work Group

The Brain Injury Social Work Group (BISWG) is a group for social work professionals and affiliates aiming to raise the standards of social work practice and other relevant specialist services in supporting people with a brain injury, their families and carers.

British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

The British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN) is a registered charity which aims to prevent physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect of children by promoting the physical, emotional, and social well-being of children. We aim to promote the rights of children as citizens, through multi-disciplinary collaboration, education, campaigning and other appropriate activities, within our powers and resources.

British Institute of Human Rights

Our mission is to bring human rights to life by producing and shaping human rights tools, public policy and practices that empower people to improve their own lives and the lives of others.


CACHE designs courses and qualifications in the care and education of children and young people. We are the UK's only specialist Awarding Organisation to do this. Our courses range from entry level to advanced qualifications for sector professionals. You can take them in schools, colleges and training centres throughout the UK.

Capability Scotland

Working across Scotland we provide services which can meet your need at every stage of your life from birth to older age. To make it easier to find what is relevant to you we have grouped what we do into four main services: Residential Care; Support for independent Living; Education, Early Years and Childcare and Allied Health Services

Care Leavers Association

The CLA works with all care leavers over the age of 16. We are guided by the views of our membership and thus have a wide range of areas of interest and activity. However, our work can be grouped into five main areas: User Led Support - A Network Project, group support, social networking site and virtual mechanisms to help people connect. Projects - Areas of work with specific outcomes ‘‘ young people, access to records, speaking out media. Training and Assessment - We work with a wide range of organisations to improve service delivery to care leavers through training and quality assessment. Advice, information and signposting - Focus on informing care leavers about their rights through signposting to additional support services and developing our guides and fact sheets while providing some individual casework. Research, Policy and Campaigns - We conduct, collate and promote research about care leavers and produce policy guides to raise awareness of care leaver issues. We campaign on issues to change the care system and improve the quality of life of adult care leavers.

Carers Scotland

Carers Scotland is a charity set up to support people who care for an elderly relative, a sick friend or a disabled family member. We are part of Carers UK. Carers Scotland supports carers and provides information and advice about caring influences policy through our research based on carers' real life experiences campaigns to make life better for carers Most of us will look after an elderly relative, sick partner or a disabled family member. Caring is part of life but without the right support the personal costs of caring can be high. When caring affects you and your family Carers Scotland is here to provide the support and advice you need.

Carers Trust Professionals Website

Welcome to Carers Trust Professionals website, which we have built specifically so that anyone working professionally with carers has access to the best information available on the internet. Our aim is to provide you with access to knowledge sourced from our nationwide network of carers centres and schemes that will help you provide the best quality of support to the carers that you work with.

Carers UK

Carers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who care for family or friends.

Catch 22

Catch22 is a local charity with a national reach. We work with young people and others who find themselves in seemingly impossible situations.

CCPAS (The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service)

We exist to safeguard both children and vulnerable adults throughout the UK. We also work to help those throughout the UK who are, or have been, affected by child abuse and similar issues. CCPAS is consulted and used by places of worship and groups across the church spectrum. We also assist other faith groups and a wide variety of statutory agencies and non-faith organisations keen to benefit from our resources and expertise. We therefore regularly give advice to government, Safeguarding Boards, Children's Social Care, Adult Social Services, the Police, the Probation Service, Health, voluntary bodies and other agencies across the UK.


CELCIS strives to improve the experiences and life chances of children and young people in Scotland who are looked after, their families, and those who have left care. We do this by working alongside the professionals who touch their lives, and the wider systems responsible for their care. We work in innovative ways, promoting learning and reflection with strategic leaders, managers and with practitioners, as well as across whole systems. We deliver professional development services, consultancy and service improvement, and policy and evidence implementation using a range of improvement methodologies to ensure continuing and lasting improvements.

Centre for Crime & Justice Studies

The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies is an independent public interest charity whose mission is to inspire enduring change by promoting understanding of social harm, the centrality of social justice and the limits of criminal justice.

Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement (CHSCI), The

The Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement (CHSCI) is a multi-disciplinary research centre in the School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton. Our aim is to drive and support quality in the planning, delivery and evaluation of local, national and international care services and development of people by working in partnership with health and social care, private business, third sector and public organisations. Our work focuses on the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, promoting health and social wellbeing, and contributes to the development of appropriate policies, professional practice and interventions locally, nationally and internationally. We engage with the business community, utlising our knowledge and expertise through consultancy to address identified needs, drive to improvement projects and contribute to social and economic improvements.

Centre for Policy on Ageing

The Centre for Policy on Ageing, established in 1947 by the Nuffield Foundation, has a long and distinguished record as an independent charity promoting the interests of older people through research, policy analysis and the dissemination of information.

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