IRISS's Innovation and Improvement Team is leading an exciting new project entitled, Relationships Matter, to develop ideas that support young people who are leaving care to maintain positive, nurturing relationships with the people in their lives.
At our annual Champions event held in November 2013, Champions expressed an interest in being given more opportunities to engage and share good practice with each other. In response to this, we agreed to host a number of networking events for our Champions and recently held two - one in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh.
Following the release of the Personal Learning Networks animation - which depicts Kristina's (a fictional character's) experience of using social media - we invited individuals and organisations to take up a challenge to learn more about using social media in their role.
Debbie Lucas, staff development officer in a local authority social work department took part in the challenge and offers her reflections on using social media both in her own role and to support colleagues.
The recently published special issue of the Journal of Integrated Care features articles from practitioners involved in the collaborative PROP - Practitioner-research: Older people project.
Anne Beattie, Practitioner in Residence at IRISS, is leading a project entitled Planning in Child Protection, which will consider ways of working in a more inclusive, collaborative way with children and their families, as well as ways to work more effectively in partnership with other agencies. It will also consider whether the Signs of Safety approach to child protection has a role to play in making plans more effective. The project is supported by Social Work Scotland.