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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.


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.

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 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.

Census 2011 Northern Ireland

A census of population is normally taken every ten years and is carried out by the Census Office, part of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). The most recent Census took place on Sunday 27 March 2011. The census is undertaken by law and in accordance with an EU Regulation. It is taken as it provides the essential statistical information about the population and households for all parts of the country used by the Government, business and other professional research/consultancy organisations.

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.

Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR)

The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) is one of the UK's leading academic research centres specialising in social and economic regeneration, housing and labour market analysis.

Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity

The aim of CoDE is to transform current understanding of the contemporary patterning of ethnic inequalities. We are examining how changing patterns of ethnicity and inequalities relate to the ways in which ethnic identities are perceived, acted upon and experienced. This research is taking place in context of ongoing policy concern and academic debate around issues of ethnic diversity, integration, immigration and inequality. We are committed to making the evidence we produce, and the data we use to generate that evidence, accessible to all. Whether you are from the policy or research communities, or the general public, we hope that our findings will enhance your capacity to engage with these issues.

CEOP Child Explotation and Online Protection Centre

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. That means we are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces. Supporting children, adults and their families affected by Cerebral Palsy. It is estimated that 1 in 400 babies born in the UK have a type of cerebral palsy. Figures indicate that with the birth rate in excess of 700,000 per year there may be as many a 1800 new cases of cerebral palsy in children each year. Taking into account family, friends and others involved in supporting those with cerebral palsy it becomes apparent how these conditions affect many thousands of lives not just in the UK but around the world.

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