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BBC radio, iPlayer and topic-specific podcasts such as Woman’s Hour allow people access to a variety of interesting audio content, which can be listened to at a time and place that suits them. The increasing use of mobile devices also means that…
Iriss was delighted to play a part in the Social Services Awards 2017. We want to congratulate all the winners and everyone who was nominated for an award. The breadth of inspiring work taking place across the country was fantastic to witness. The…
Care Home Week, led by Scottish Care, takes place in Scotland this week (12-18 June). Throughout the week, there will be celebrations of Scotland's care homes, the individuals who live and work in them, their role in local communities and the…

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Key points Appreciative inquiry is an action research approach that offers a powerful contribution to meeting the appetite for real change that is evident across public services in Scotland. More…
Today, an in-depth evaluation of the Hospital to Home project has been published. The project was designed to identify and improve care pathways from hospital to home in the Tayside region of…
A set of 20 cards which share illustrated diary excerpts from social work and care practitioners about a week in their working lives. Cards which share illustrated diary excerpts from social work…

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Hidden disabilities: Ryan Fleming

Iriss.fm, Episode 184
Michael McEwan speaks to Ryan Fleming about growing up with a 'hidden disability'. Ryan is on the autistic spectrum…

Secure care in Scotland

Iriss.fm, Episode 183
The second of two episodes to celebrate the Festival of Residential Child Care 2017. Debbie Nolan, Centre for Youth…

'Between a rock and a hard place'

Iriss.fm, Episode 182
The first of two episodes to celebrate the Festival of Residential Child Care 2017. In this episode Debbie Nolan and…

Hate crime: causes, motivations and effective interventions

Iriss.fm, Episode 181
Reports of hate crime in Scotland have increased and research indicates that the trauma experienced by victims of hate…