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The Policy Navigator Library has been designed to provide users with additional information to supplement material discussed in the six timelines. The library includes a list of legislation, organisations and publications. The library does not contain information on every Act or publication mentioned in the timeline, and you may find it easier to view the timelines first before accessing content in this section. 


The Poor Law Amendment Act 1834 obliged local parishes to take responsibility for their own poor.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence

In 2001, the government established the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to help drive improvement in social care services.

World Health Organisation

World Health Organisation (WHO) is an international organisation within the United Nations system.

Social Services Inspectorate

The Social Services Inspectorate was established in 1985 as part of the Department of Health and Social Security to: inspect how social services were being provided and managed in order to ensure

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, founded by royal charter on 6 December 1617, was the professional body for apothecaries.

Society of Apothecaries

The 1815 Apothecaries Act gave the Society of Apothecaries the responsibility for organising education and training requirements for apothecaries (later general practitioners).