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Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)

Making a successful transition from student to social worker
January 2015

What’s it like for a student leaving university and making the transition into the world of work?

IRISS teamed up with Glasgow Caledonian University, SSSC, the Scottish Association of Social Workers and the Scottish Government to find out. About 120 final year students as well as newly qualified social workers gathered at GCU on 22 January 2015 to share information and experience with aim of helping to shape the future direction of social work.

Webwatch, January 2015

At IRISS we believe that innovation is not a practice reserved for ‘the creative’ or ‘the experts’ and that people innovate all the time. We focus on how to blend and adapt ideas to support social innovation and on how we need to accept risk and failure as central components of innovation. A toolkit - Development Impact and You - has been developed by Nesta in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation to support and encourage social innovation.

Report of annual champions event 2014

IRISS annual champions event took place at New Lanark Mill Hotel on 12th and 13th November 2014. Twenty six champions made their way from as far north as Shetland and as far south as Dumfries and Galloway.  

Webwatch, December 2014
December 2014

Care and support is something all of us will receive at some point in our lives. However, our experiences of that care are likely to vary. Some of them will be good and perhaps even excellent, and some might be dissatisfactory and disappointing. Opportunities to express opinions about these good and bad experiences are not always available. Services often have complaints procedures in place but people may not wish to formally complain: rather they might prefer to suggest a change to improve a service, or comment on very good or bad care. And that’s where Care Opinion comes in.

Webwatch, November 2014
November 2014

Face-to-face meetings can be hard on resources. Often there’s just not the time or the money to bring people together. This is especially true for those working in rural areas or those who need to communicate with others in regional offices. Therefore, people need to be more creative about how they communicate with each other. Online social networks, such as Yammer, LinkedIn and Facebook help to fill these communication gaps, offering spaces to share information and to engage in conversations with others.

Don’t we learn more from success than failure?
October 2014

It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There’s almost no such thing as ready. There’s only now. And you may as well do it now… I’m not a crazed risk taker. But I do think that, generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.

Hugh Laurie

Webwatch, October 2014
October 2014

My Home Life (MHL) was originally a project set up in 2006 by the National Care Forum (an organisation that represents not-for-profit care homes) and Help the Aged. It was established to promote quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people through relationship-centred and evidence based practice. MHL has evolved into a collaborative movement of people across the UK.

Webwatch, September 2014
September 2014

The term ‘Enterprise Social Network’ is getting bandied about quite a lot of late. It sounds a bit techie, but it’s really not. Enterprise Social Network (ESN) is a term that emcompasses social networking tools and software, some of which are used internally in organisations such as Sharepoint. However, ESNs also include the new wave of public social networking websites that allow people to connect, collaborate and share information on subjects of interest. Yammer and Socialcast are two popular examples.

IRISS Insights, No 27
August 2014

Key points

  • Children in care are likely to have experienced trauma but not all children who have adverse experiences will be traumatised. Every child is unique and their responses to the same adversity will differ.
  • Trauma can affect brain development.
Webwatch, August 2014
August 2014

‘Wellbeing is about how things are going for children and young people in their lives’. While the Wellbeing for Young Scots website provides information about what Scottish Government is doing to try and make Scotland the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up, it is primarily by and for young people, to showcase what’s being done in schools and services to support wellbeing. It is recognised that at some point, young people might need some extra help if things are not going so well.