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Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)

IRISS Insights, No 29

Key points

  • Scotland has a strong legal framework for protecting people from homelessness
  • Many prisoners become homeless when they leave prison
  • A lack of stable accommodation increases the risk of (re-)offending
  • Four groups of prison leavers face particular barriers: remand prisoners /
Webwatch, May 2015

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Webwatch, April 2015

Communities of practice or enterprise social networks as they’re also known are great for sharing learning, developing new connections and collaborating. The Knowledge Hub, Yammer and Socialcast are examples of platforms where people come together to collaborate, network and share information. These online communities can save a lot of time and money as there’s no need to travel long distances, replenish the petrol tank or raid the purse for train and bus fares. 

Webwatch, March 2015

Networking and participating at events can help us learn new skills and keep up to date with what’s happening in our area of interest. Social media is increasingly being used as a way for people to be social at events and to have conversations with others about projects and resources that they may not otherwise be privy to. Twitter is one such social media tool that enables these conversations. And not only can it connect people who are in the same room at the same event, it can also connect people who are watching the conversation from afar and who get involved on social media.

IRISS Insights, No 28

Key points

  • Before they come into care, children and young people’s relationships are often fractured, chaotic, frightening, violent and abusive
  • Being in care provides opportunities for children and young people to experience loving, secure, stable and safe relationships 
  • While in care, children value opportunities to build positive and meaningful relationships
IRISS Strategy 2015-2018

partnerships for the future

IRISS (the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services) is a third sector organisation promoting positive outcomes for citizens accessing support in Scotland. We aim to support the diverse workforce to enable high quality support through evidence, creativity and innovation.

Webwatch, February 2015

Fit for the Future is a partnership project of IRISS and Scottish Care dedicated to inspiring better outcomes for older people by working with providers from the independent sector. The project worked with care homes and care at home providers in four areas - Argyll and Bute, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire and West Lothian - to support innovation and service redesign. Key areas such as outcomes, care in times of transition, community links and compassion were explored.

Making a successful transition from student to social worker

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.