New online portal for social welfare professionals

The British Library launches a new online portal today which will provide a single point of access to the Library’s social welfare content and collections for the first time. The Social Welfare Portal will offer access to the latest thinking on social policy for anyone with a special interest in the subject, including researchers, social workers, policymakers, and policy liaison officers in the voluntary, statutory and independent sectors.

Developed in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence and the University of Staffordshire Social Work and Advice Studies, the portal will include a range of free digital content. This includes full text research and evaluation reports, Parliamentary papers, consultations and policy proposals covering all aspects of welfare state reform, including health and social care, education and training, employment services and many others. Alongside this new content, the portal will provide a direct route to books, journal articles, official papers, theses, archived websites and datasets in the British Library’s social welfare collections, and other paid-for content provided by external organisations. Researchers will be able to download a range of content instantly, and keep up to date with new material in their subject areas, as well as uploading their own research and sharing it with the portal community.

Jude England, the Head of Social Sciences at the British Library, says, “As an institution dedicated to providing information, inspiration and practical support for researchers, this portal is a fantastic way to support the social welfare community and to provide access to the research evidence that they need to support their work. We hope that it will enable social welfare researchers, policymakers and professionals to find information, and to keep up-to-date with developments in an ever-changing social policy landscape.”


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