Social Policy and Practice


The database for evidence and research in health and social care

Social Policy and Practice (SPP) is a comprehensive bibliographic database for those working or studying in the health and social care sectors. 

SPP brings together information from the UK's five leading collections of health and social care resources:

  • AgeInfo - Centre for Policy on Ageing
  • ChildData - National Children’s Bureau
  • Planex - IDOX Information Service
  • Social Care Online - Social Care Institute for Excellence
  • NSPCC Library  - National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Why subscribe to Social Policy & Practice

Social Policy and Practice offers unparalleled access to difficult to obtain resources, frequently overlooked by other social science databases.

This includes grey literature from think tanks, research institutes and the third sector, as well as government departments and agencies. SPP also includes academic articles from over 700 journals.

Containing over 300,000 bibliographic records and abstracts dating from 1981, with over 24,000 new records added every year, Social Policy and Practice helps you:

  • support evidence-based approaches to the health and social assessment of children, adults and older people in the community and in care;
  • identify research-based guidance and practical resources to develop an outcomes focus in social care practice;
  • avoid bias in systematic reviews and rapid evidence assessments by identifying UK research and practice;
  • understand policy developments across the devolved nations of the UK;
  • access comment, opinion and commentary from practitioners and the specialist press, as well as academic research. 

The database partners are all trusted and credible experts in their specialist fields.

Who is Social Policy & Practice for

Social Policy and Practice helps professionals, practitioners, researchers and students interested in health and social care to identify articles and publications of relevance to the UK context.

It is widely used by universities and NHS Trusts, as well as by charities and specialist research institutes.

How do you subscribe

Social Policy and Practice is a subscription database accessed exclusively through OvidSP. This allows users to benefit from advanced search functionality, information tools and a modern, intuitive interface.


Social Policy and Practice is available exculsively through OvidSP. Contact us online for more information or find out more here



Social Policy and Practice

SPP provides one-stop access to key evidence-based information in a range of multidisciplinary subjects including:

  • Social and public policy
  • Social work and social care services
  • Education & special educational needs
  • Children and young people
  • Adults and older people
  • Families and parenting
  • Communities and minority groups
  • Mental health
  • Crime and justice
  • Homelessness and housing
  • Equality and diversity
  • Workforce development
  • Community and public health
  • Climate change and environment
  • Physical and learning disabilities

Visit the Social Policy and Practice site here.