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An animated exploration

What might social services look like in 2025?

Note: A subsequent development of Imagining the Future saw the creation in November 2014 of a scenario planning tool in which we explore four different worlds that might emerge depending on the interplay of social, political and economic factors.

How innovation in social services can advance citizenship for all in Scotland


Written by Simon Duffy, Centre for Welfare Reform

With thanks to those who attended the workshops for each of the three themes - the other two are Workforce and Enabling Technology - and contributed to scoping the reports.


The work was commissioned by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) who asked for a ‘think piece’:

Tuesday, 19 March, 2013
Murrayfield Experience, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh EH12 5PJ

Conference to mark World Social Work Day and celebrate the Scottish social services sector’s progress.

It will inform on developments and innovation in the field, and provide attendees with an opportunity to share expertise and ideas, to learn from each other and discuss current developments and changes, as well as encourage new ways of working across the sector.

Social work under pressure: solutions, sustainability and social justice.
Thursday, 14 July, 2011
University of Manchester

Call for papers: closing date 17 February 2011.

Expressions of interest are invited from:

Karen Hallstrom, Deputy Judicial Administrator for Children and Families, Louisiana Supreme Court

Fred Stone Memorial Conference. Child and Mental Health Law, Glasgow, 7 May 2010.

Professor Charles Zeanah, Professor Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Tulane University, New Orleans

Fred Stone Memorial Conference. Child and Mental Health Law, Glasgow, 7 May 2010.

Alan Baird, Director of Social Work, Dundee City Council

Introduction to Supporting Excellent Communications in Social Care, an event organised by the Association of Social Work Comminicators to promote the ADSW campaign to improve the public profile of social workers, held in Dundee, 11 September 2009.