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Research commissioned by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum on 'What the public think about Scottish social services and why', has been published. The research was authored by Dr Trish McCulloch (University of Dundee), Professor Stephen Webb (…
The Scottish Social Services Awards 2018 will officially open for entries next month. People working in social services across Scotland are being encouraged to start planning their entries now by checking out the 2017 winners’ films and entries.…
As valued stakeholders of Iriss, we would really appreciate your insight and advice as we plan our work for 2018/19. To help ensure our work plan responds to the needs and priorities of the workforce, we want to know more about your current…

Three things: Young people leaving care

This tool comprises a series of question cards. What can this tool be used for? To support practitioners, individually and in groups, reflect on their views and values when continuing to care for…
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…
Key points Children in care and care leavers are at increased risk of hurting themselves as a result of adverse backgrounds and continuing stress. Self-harm helps manage distress whereas suicide…

New on Iriss.fm

PAssport to Independent Living

Iriss.fm, Episode 190
The launch of PAssport to Independent Living, a published collection of stories written by Personal Assistants (PA)…

Access Film Club

Iriss.fm, Episode 189
Our roving reporter on disability issues, Michael McEwan, speaks to Jodie Wilkinson, the Public Engagement Coordinator…

Restorative justice

Iriss.fm, Episode 188
'Restorative Justice is a process of dialogue between two parties; in the context of criminal justice social work this…

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Iriss.fm, Episode 187
Michael McEwan speaks to Richard Warden, the film lead, about the 2017 Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (10-29…