information and communications technology

Despite older age being the best time of life to be using the Internet, more than 5.7 million UK over-65-year-olds have never been online. Internet access should play a key role in successful ageing and help build links across generations and geographies for the UK’s older people, yet millions remain excluded from social, financial and developmental opportunities that the vast majority of the UK population now takes for granted.

Spring issue of the Child Welfare and Technology journal, which explores child welfare and technology, ranging from information communication technology and social media to data integration and gadgets. It addresses the challenges faced and successes celebrated.

The web has revolutionised the way the world uses and shares information yet, despite the growing awareness of the value of social networking and social media, people working in the public sector frequently report that access to web-based services is blocked or that their web browser lacks the required functionality to interact with web-based media. This report builds on existing evidence to argue the case for breaking down the cultural and technology barriers that inhibit the use of social media for managing and sharing knowledge in the workplace.

Podcast of a talk by Dick Schoech, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington, given at the Connected Practice Symposium, "Human services in the network society : changes, challenges & opportunities", Institute for Advanced Studies, Glasgow, 14th/15th September 2009.

Document stressing the importance of lifelong learning as a means of helping individuals of all ages and, by extension, society as a whole grow and develop and recommending courses of action to make lifelong learning more accessible to all.

This resource looks at technology, communication, the application of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and how it's changed the way we work and learn. This ICT portal is part of the Open2.net website which is the online learning portal from the Open University and the BBC.

Guide for agencies and information providers on how to build and make websites and other e-communication which are user-friendly and accessible for disabled people.

The authors, from Dorset Council, explain how they are trying to get the best out of the Integrated Children's System despite its limitations. The ICS was intended to enable a single consistent approach to case-based information gathering, case planning, case aggregation and case reviews. As such, the easily generated and clear reports would help social workers collect, organise, analyse and retrieve information.

A booklet presenting SCIE’s range of digital resources, which explains how these can benefit the social care workforce.