Multimedia learning materials

Iriss's multimedia learning resources represent a wide range of materials, including social work practice case studies and topic guides.

The Golden Bridge

Child migration from Scotland to Canada, 1869-1939

Vintage faded image of group of orphan children outside home

Telling the story of the thousands of children who migrated from the Orphan Homes of Scotland to to new lives in Canada, The Golden Bridge was inspired by an original exhibition created and displayed by Heatherbank Museum of Social Work in Glasgow Caledonian University. The Golden Bridge project was a collaboration between Iriss, Glasgow Caledonian University and Quarriers.

Hospital to home

Supporting the transition from hospital to home for older people across Scotland

Hospital illustration
Redesigning the pathway from hospital to home for older people across Scotland.

Imagining the future

What's next for Scotland's social services? An animated exploration.

Outer space scene with text - yesterday is another world
This animation explores the technical, medical and cultural forces that will shape the future of care. Alex Chisholm is a man in his in his 70s with multiple conditions, poor diet and high alcohol consumption. We use episodes in his life to explore what care might look like in ten or fifteen years. We suggest that by 2025 there may be greater opportunities to offer older people richer, less isolated lives in which they are able to exercise more choice and control.

Journeys back into work

A series of case studies on the subject of supported employment

Journeys back into work

The inequality between disabled people's employment rates and those of the general population is stark. Despite improved legislation and various employability initiatives to tackle the disparity, little progress has been made in increasing the level and quality of disabled people's labour market participation.

Getting it right

Assessments for BME carers and service users

Chinese man in right room
Learning resource that provides the necessary skills and knowledge to critically examine how the needs of minority ethnic carers and service users are being met.

Fostering resilience

Promotion of resilience in vulnerable children

Mother and child
Learning resource which introduces a structured approach to the assessment and promotion of resilience in vulnerable children.

Understanding Resilience

Resilience and the value of protective factors in planning to support vulnerable children

Woman and child in protective embrace

The objective of this learning object is to understand the concept of 'resilience' and the value of 'protective factors' in planning to support vulnerable children. This resource contains information on risk, research evidence, protective factors and the ecological model as well as resilient children and protective environments.

Understanding Attachment Theory

The basic principles of attachment theory

Father lovingly holding young daughter

The objective of this learning object is to enable students to understand the basic principles of attachment theory and its importance for practice. This resource defines attachment, examines the components of attachment theory, patterns of attachment behaviour as well as attachment, abuse and neglect.

Task Centred Casework

task-centred model of social work intervention

Older woman in glasses lost in thought

This multimedia learning object provides an introduction to the "task-centred" model of social work intervention. This model was based on the work of Sigmund Freud and the psychoanalysts. Psychoanalytic social work emphasised relationship-focused intervention with the professional adopting the role of the 'expert'.