We work with the adult and children's care sectors to develop independent recommendations for social care. We also develop health and public health advice and guidance, which allows an integrated approach to supporting people and meeting their needs.

To find out more about what we do and how you can help to shape our guidance, please email socialcare@nice.org.uk or:


Our social care guidelines make evidence-based recommendations on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions and services. They're co-produced with social care experts.

Our clinical guidance and public health topics also contain recommendations you may find relevant. You can browse by adults' social care or children's social care.

Find guidelines

Quality standards

Our social care quality standards are practical tools to help deliver good health and wellbeing for users of adult and children's social services.

They help people understand the quality of services and care they should expect. Providers and commissioners use them to assess performance and make improvements.

Find standards and indicators

Share how you use our guidance

If you're a social care provider or commissioner, we'd like to hear from you. Email us at socialcare@nice.org.uk to tell us how you use NICE guidelines and quality standards in your organisation to deliver or commission services in an innovative way.

We'd like to showcase these case studies on our website. These can be shared with other organisations as examples of good practice.

We used NICE guidance to help us work with the local Clinical Commissioning Group for a new child and adolescent mental health service. NICE is a trusted neutral source of guidance, which enabled discussion around the evidence of what works with the population.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Tools and resources

Quality Matters

The Unlocking Capacity: Smarter Together resource helps health and adult social care work better together. It shows how collaborative working can improve outcomes for people and make better use of limited resources.

Quick guides to social care topics

Short, visual guides containing key information about social care topics, co-produced with The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

Quality improvement resource for adult social care

Our quality statements and medicines recommendations mapped against the Care Quality Commission key lines of enquiry.

Download the quality improvement resource (Excel)

Using NICE guidance in social work

A range of fictional scenarios which show how our guidelines and quality standards could be used in social work practice, with examples by setting and examples for principal social workers.

Social care playlist

Produced in collaboration with SCIE, our YouTube playlist has links to webinars, podcasts and vlogs on a range of social care topics.

GO Online inspection toolkit

Developed by Skills for Care, NICE and SCIE, this toolkit brings together best practice recommendations, resources, and practical examples to help social care providers prepare for CQC inspection.

Child abuse and neglect guidance

Links to specific guideline recommendations and supporting information about child protection best practice.

Social care trainers' resource

Find content to use in your training, including links to guidance and standards, resources to download, and tips on finding guidance.

Download the social care trainers' resource (PDF)