Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Social Care Advisory Network (SCAN)

Welcome to the Social Care Advisory Network – advising subscribers on best practice, legislation and professional issues in both adult and children's services.

Run by advisor Sandra Beard, SCAN works directly with central government and other public sector bodies to keep you at the forefront of the crucial issues affecting local government decisions on social care. Subscribe to the network or login to download the latest guidance, briefings, newsletters, and more shown below. You can also download the network's service plan.

Subscribe to TISonline Adult Social Care and Health or TISonline Children's Services to benefit from:

  • access to these TISonline information streams for everyone in your organisation through a single subscription
  • regularly updated guidance by practitioners working in your sector
  • up-to-date information that keeps you informed on public sector finance issues
  • e-alert services to let you know when new guidance is available in your areas of interest
  • discussion forums for peer support, advice and sharing ideas

If your organisation already subscribes to TISonline, you can access it simply by registering and logging on at using a work email address or to set up a new subscription, email:

Have you joined the conversation yet in CIPFA's lively discussion forums? You can support your peers and pose your own questions.

And finally, a reminder for anyone who may need support. CIPFA’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is available to you and anyone in your personal or workplace networks. The hub brings together information and support on a wide range of topics. Access is free of charge, anonymous and there’s no need to register.

Coronavirus updates and guidance for:

Meet your advisor

Sandra Beard, FAN Advisor | LinkedIn Profile

Sandra Beard, FAN Advisor

Sandra is a qualified accountant, and has 15 years’ experience in local government working at Warwickshire County Council, initially as a principal accountant within adult social care and then as the capital accountant within corporate. She joined the CIPFA Fan Advisory Network as a FAN Advisor in 2017 providing advice and support to practitioners across the public sector. E:, T: 07718 242835.

Network essentials

A comprehensive directory of Introduction to... workshops for local government practitioners, our essentials modules are offered through CIPFA's various advisory networks and are therefore available at many locations and dates throughout the year.

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Resource bank

Access and download useful resources provided by the Social Care Advisory Network:


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