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Open access social services research

We're in the process of building an online learning resource to help people working in the area of social services to learn more about finding, accessing and using research and evidence to support their practice. In the meantime, we thought we'd share some of the free tools we use when we're working on our Outlines to support social services practitioners.

Social services evidence

When we're asked to produce an evidence summary or review, we use a wide range of evidence sources to make sure we're finding research, reports of activities, evaluations and discussions around the topic from a variety of voices and perspectives. We thought it would be useful to share these resources. We want to know what you think about them.

ESSS new additions and reader survey

It's been all go at the Iriss base - first off we're delighted to welcome Annelies Allcock to the ESSS team. Since our last update we've also produced a few more evidence summaries - have a look!

Paulo Freire’s Revolutionary Pedagogy: A framework for desistance?

Another post from the prolific Kris MacPherson… The work of the Brazilian academic Paulo Freire was completely unfamiliar to me until someone referred to him in a response to one of my previous blog posts: I sourced a copy of … Continue reading →

Punishment and ‘the horizon of reintegration’

This guest post comes from Javier Velasquez Valenzuela who is a doctoral research in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research where he is studying the culture and practice of sentencing in Scottish courts. Javier previously worked as a prosecutor … Continue reading →

Penal cultures and female desistance

Dr Linnéa Österman who is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Law and The Centre for Criminology at the University of Greenwich (L.Osterman@greenwich.ac.uk) attended the recent ‘Desistance, Structures, Agency and Policy’ conference in Sheffield. If you follow the link below, you’ll find a blogpost … Continue reading →

‘Cognitive transformations’ and desistance

Another post from the ever-prolific Kris MacPherson… Though this is focused on ‘cognitive  transformations’, drawing on the work of Peggy Giordano and her colleagues, just like their work, it also highlights how much cognitive changes relate to social contexts of and reactions to people … Continue reading →

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