Six organisations have merged their social policy abstracts to create the most comprehensive database in the UK on social policy and practice with over 300,000 abstracts and records.

Current partners are:

  • Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA)
    CPA promotes the interests of older people through research, policy analysis and the dissemination of information. Its Ageinfo service is the only specialist database on ageing and older age issues in the UK.
  • The Knowledge Exchange
    The Knowledge Exchange is a comprehensive source of evidence and research for the UK public sector produced by Idox. It supports decision-making and evidence-based practice across a wide range of social policy areas.
  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
    The NSPCC is the UK's leading children's charity to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands. Its database focuses on material covering child abuse and neglect, child protection, and the prevention of child abuse. It joined the Social Policy and Practice database consortium in January 2015.
  • Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
    SCIE identifies and disseminates knowledge about good practice in all aspects of social care throughout the UK. It produces Social Care Online, a comprehensive database of social care and social work policy and practice.

 SPP also contains archive material from:

  • Greater London Authority (GLA)
    The GLA supports decision-making by providing policymakers and front-line practitioners across London with information about social, economic and legal matters. In 2012, the GLA stopped contributing to SPP and Idox expanded its coverage to compensate. SPP still contains items contributed by the GLA up to this point.
  • National Children's Bureau (NCB)
    NCB supports children, young people and families and those who work with them. Its online ChildData resource provided access to an extensive catalogue of material to inform the quality of childcare. The ChildData resource stopped being maintained in January 2018, however SPP still contains historic records produced before this date. Other database partners increased their coverage of childcare issues to ensure this topic continues to be collected.

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An article on the history of the consortium and database was published in February 2016.

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