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New ESSS Outlines: disability hate crime, child sexual abuse and parental substance misuse

After a busy couple of weeks with a huge interest in our work, we’re very excited to share the first outputs from the Evidence Search and Summary Service: ESSS Outlines. The first three topics have been: Disability hate crime reporting Child sexual abuse Parental substance misuse We’ve decided to call these ESSS Outlines, to reflect […]

Evidence Search and Summary Service Launch

Last week saw the launch of the new Iriss Evidence Search and Summary Service (ESSS). We’re really excited to make this free service available to the social services sector in Scotland, to help support practice, service improvement and continuous learning. This post gives a bit of  background as to who we are, where we come […]

Keeping safe on social media

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has recently updated its social media guidance for the workforce, which provides advice for workers on using social media in a way that meets the SSSC Code of Practice. It sets a supportive context for use of social media, which is much welcomed, and it was encouraging to see Anna […]

Governmentalities, Tertiary Desistance and the Responsibilisation Deficit

This third guest post from Kris MacPherson continues to engage with questions about the relationship between education and desistance, but now exploring broader debates about the responsibilities of the state and of the citizen in these processes. It draws both … Continue reading →

Desistance in Norway — Panel at Eurocrim 2018

This guest post comes from John Todd, a doctoral researcher at the University of Oslo. This quick post is to let those heading to the European Society of Criminology conference in Cardiff know that there will be a panel on … Continue reading →

Punishment, Rehabilitation and Reintegration

This is the text of my closing plenary address at the British Criminology Conference at Sheffield Hallam University on 8th July 2017. Introduction I want to thank the conference organisers for inviting me to talk to you today; I’ve been at several … Continue reading →

Continuing to grow personal learning networks

On 8 September 2017, we’ll launch a ‘Grow Your Personal Learning Network’ online course for social services staff. This is a course that will be open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the web and social media to support them build personal and professional networks and promote lifelong learning. Given this imminent […]

Getting There: Maddiston and Rumford Activity Report 2016-2017

This report outlines the work to date of the Getting There: Maddiston and Rumford project. The aim of this work was to explore with local people how they feel about the area they live in, and work with them to make some real positive changes. The report explores the main enquiry work that was done

Rehabilitation through Education? An apotheosis of a ‘hook for change’

In his second guest post, Kris McPherson reflects further on his own experiences of rehabilitation through education, raising important questions not just about personal development in prison but also about prison regimes and social attitudes. The evolution of behavioural and … Continue reading →