The Board of Trustees and the staff group of IRISS (Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services) are delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Macleod as the new Chair of the Board. Peter is currently Director of Social Work in Renfrewshire and brings a wealth of experience from both a local and national level. He was President of the Association of Directors of Social Work (now Social Work Scotland) in 2012, has been instrumental in commissioning local research on outcomes for children, and is involved in a number of national strategy groups.
We are launching a project - Homelessness: pathways and prevention - that will bring together a range of partners to explore pathways to homelessness, uncover hidden innovations, effective joint working and new ideas, developed in response to recent changes and need in this area.
It aims to highlight the 'who, what, where and when' of preventative approaches and explore improvements and innovations to these (both current and desired).
The winners of the Scottish Social Services Council’s (SSSC’s) Care Accolades 2014 were honoured today at an afternoon tea and award ceremony celebrating innovative and outstanding social service projects and services in Scotland.
Over 200 people gathered for the ceremony in Perth to recognise and celebrate the exceptional practice in social services in Scotland. The annual awards recognise the extraordinary people and organisations who are changing and developing their services to make a real difference to the people who use them.
The Discovering Desistance project was placed second in the Outstanding Impact in Public Policy category of the Celebrating Impact Awards, organised by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) on 5 June 2014.
The Continuous Learning Framework urges social services workers to take responsibility for their own learning and development. Taking this responsibility has never been easier, and there are many tools you can use to find, share and learn. What's more, they are easy to use.
But taking the first step can be the daunting. We've produced a video animation which tells Kristina's story - how she got started using social media.