is our podcast presenting discussions, debate and lectures on current topics of interest in the social services.

Hidden disabilities: Ryan Fleming, Episode 184

Michael McEwan speaks to Ryan Fleming about growing up with a 'hidden disability'.

Ryan is on the autistic spectrum and tells us about the challenging, as well as positive experiences he has faced from childhood right through to adulthood.

He talks about how he sees the world, how he interacts in social situations, his support network and his hopes for the future.

Secure care in Scotland, Episode 183

The second of two episodes to celebrate the Festival of Residential Child Care 2017.

Hate crime: causes, motivations and effective interventions, Episode 181

Reports of hate crime in Scotland have increased and research indicates that the trauma experienced by victims of hate crime can be more enduring and harmful than non-hate related offending and that it has detrimental effects on communities as well as individuals. There is a clear role for criminal justice social work in this area in working with perpetrators.

Parents with learning disabilities, Episode 179

Learning Disability Week 2017As part of Learning Disability Week 2017, we held a roundtable discussion on the topic of parents with learning disabilities to coincide with the launch of our new Iriss Insight on the topic. The discussion highlights how best we can support families where one or both parents have learning disabilities, raises awarenes

Unity Enterprise, Episode 177

Michael McEwan speaks to Loretta Galloway, Learning Disability Service Manager at Unity Enterprise, about the services and supports the organisation provides.

Alzheimer Scotland: Annual Conference and Dementia Awards, Episode 176 recently spoke to Kirsty Wilson from Alzheimer Scotland about two upcoming events in 2017: their annual conference and the national Dementia Awards. She also tells us about some of the exciting work being undertaken by Alzheimer Scotland this year. 

Enter the Dementia Awards 2017. Closing date is 31 March.

How do you find real lack and real passion?, Episode 175

On 24 October 2016 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Dr Robert French led an Iriss workshop exploring how to negotiate a way through the complexities of our managed world, in order to do some of the worthwhile things we feel passionate about.

In this talk he includes examples from his own experience of the school education system in England, the poet John Keats and the text 'Symposium' by the Classical Greek philosopher, Plato.