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Careers in Care: Adult social care

3 days 1 hour ago

On 16 September 2019, Iriss attended the launch of the SSSC's Careers in Care website which was created to highlight the wide variety of career opportunities available in the sector.

The resource demonstrates how people can build a career working with children and young people, in social services and healthcare settings, or as a social worker.

We spoke to social services practitioners who shared their career stories for use on the website.

In this second episode of three, Sarah, Gillian and Deborah, who work in various adult care settings, tell us about their journeys into and experiences of the profession.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Careers in Care: Residential care

1 week 3 days ago

On 16 September 2019, Iriss attended the launch of the Scottish Social Services Council's (SSSC) Careers in Care website which was created to highlight the wide variety of career opportunities available in the sector.

The resource demonstrates how people can build a career working with children and young people, in social services and healthcare settings, or as a social worker.

We spoke to social services practitioners who shared their career stories for use on the website.

In this first episode of three, Greg and Elaine, two residential care managers tell us about their journeys into careers in care. Charlotte and Tasha, two young people supported at the residential home, also provide their views on what it takes to be a residential care worker.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Freshly Squeezed: Peter Macleod

2 weeks 3 days ago

An interview with Peter Macleod, Chief Executive of the Care Inspectorate and Chair of Iriss.

Peter graduated from Robert Gordon University with a degree in social sciences and a qualification in social work and began a career as a social worker in Glasgow in 1987.

In 1996 he joined Renfrewshire council as an area manager, responsible for adult, children’s and criminal justice social work, and in early 2007 was appointed head of children’s services and criminal justice for social work and the community health partnership.

In 2015, he was appointed Renfrewshire’s first director of a new children’s services directorate, bringing together children’s social work, education and criminal justice services.

He sits on the boards of MacMillan Cancer Support TCAT Programme and Scottish Government’s Re-aligning Children’s Services programme.

In his own words, he says, "I am ambitious for social care; I want people in Scotland to experience transformational, world-class care that makes a real and positive difference to their lives."

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Gig Buddies

3 weeks 3 days ago

Gig Buddies is a project that matches people with a learning disability with a volunteer who shares similar interests to engage in nightlife activities together.

Michael McEwan interviews the Scotland project manager, Samuel Maggs and also speaks to a user of the service, Kerry Ferguson. 

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Freshly Squeezed: Viv Clelland

1 month ago

An interview with Viv Clelland, winner of the ’The untold story’ award at the Scottish Social Services Awards 2019. She is a support worker for looked after young people and families in East Ayrshire. 

Viv lived in a Kilmarnock children’s home from the age of 11 years until she was 17. She began her career doing a bit of everything: cleaning, working in bars, as well as volunteering for a horse riding school for disabled young people.

In 2000, she became a volunteer parent coach with Kilmarnock Harriers, which led to her being approached to volunteer with East Ayrshire Council. By 2006, she was employed as Sports Motivator – working in a variety of community coaching & children’s house sessions for the council.

As Viv developed, the job developed and her role became more focused on working with looked after and accommodated young people, based within the play and early intervention team. Her skills have also supported work in HMP Kilmarnock and with vulnerable families. 

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

People First

1 month 4 weeks ago

People First is an organisation run by and for people with learning disabilities.

Michael McEwan speaks to Rosie Smith, one of the members, who tells him about the work of the organisation. 

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Freshly Squeezed: Kathryn Lindsay

2 months 1 week ago

Michelle Drumm interviews Kathryn Lindsay, who is the Director of Children, Families and Justice / Chief Social Work Officer for Angus Council. She is also the President of Social Work Scotland.

Since qualifying as a social worker in 2000, Kathryn worked as a practitioner across Angus and Dundee City Council justice services and in residential services at Rossie Young People’s Trust. She held senior posts in Dundee City and Angus Council in both Children’s and Justice Services before becoming Chief Social Work Officer in 2016. Kathryn has experience leading services that serve more than one local authority area and has an interest in collaborative service design.

She has a longstanding commitment to post qualifying learning, most recently achieving the Chief Social Work Officer Post Graduate Diploma at Glasgow Caledonian University. She has Masters in both practice and leadership based subjects and a particular interest in developing the workforce, promoting relationship-based practice and public protection.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Influencing practice: relationships matter

2 months 2 weeks ago

The newly qualified social worker conference titled, Shaping our future: relationships matter, was held on 31 May 2019 in at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Jackie Irvine, Chief Social Work Officer at Edinburgh City Council and past President of social work Scotland, takes some time to reflect on how the practice environment in which social work operates has changed. She provides advice on making the most of relationships at work, as well as self-care strategies.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Freshly Squeezed: Lorraine Ward

2 months 3 weeks ago
Michelle from Iriss interviews Lorraine Ward, a social worker who has worked with the children and families social work department in Glasgow for over 25 years and was awarded for Best Practice in Equality & Diversity at the SASW Awards 2019.   Lorraine started work within the Asylum and Roma team of Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership in February 2017 and initiated the peer mentoring programme - New Young Peers Scotland - for unaccompanied asylum seeking young people soon after.   Lorraine enjoys developing new and innovative projects, working closely with partners but most of all enjoys listening to and learning from young people, and enabling them to find and share their voice and fulfil their aspirations.   Also watch Scotland: Our New Home films.   Transcript of episode   Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Youth justice through the ages

3 months ago

The Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) annual conference was held on 19 and 20 June 2019 in Stirling, with the theme 'Youth Justice Through the Ages'.

Michelle from Iriss spoke to some of speakers on the first day of the conference. These included Fiona Dyer, Interim Director at CYCJ; Bruce Adamson, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People; the Right Hon. Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk; Dr Tim Bateman, University of Bedfordshire; Rosie Moore, Independent Care Review and Co-chair of conference; and James Frame, Co-Chair of the conference. 

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.

Freshly Squeezed: Calum Glasgow

3 months 1 week ago

Michelle Drumm interviews Calum Glasgow. Calum is currently studying social work at the University of Strathclyde and received an award for Student Social Worker of the Year at the SASW Social Work Awards 2019.

Calum's placement was with the British Red Cross, based in their psychosocial team, which provides holistic support for refugees and asylum seekers. The work ranged from completing initial assessments, providing emotional support, accompanying people to legal (and other) appointments and helping alleviate their levels of destitution. In his words, he describes the experience as 'a real eye-opener'.

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Music Credit: Make your dream a reality by Scott Holmes.