Adoption

Why attachment matters

Iriss.fm, Episode 154

Professor Helen Minnis of the University of Glasgow, talks to David Woodier, a teacher, adoptive parent and blogger for Scottish Attachment in Action, about ‘Why attachment matters’. Themes emerging from the interview may well resonate with those living and working with children and young people who’ve had an adverse start in life.

Post-Adoption Central Support

PACS is a small charitable organisation based in Stirling that comprises parents, social workers and other professionals involved in adoption and long-term foster care. It offers a range of post placement support and services to adoptive families and permanent foster carers. 

PACS receives a grant from Clackmannan, Falkirk and Stirling Councils to provide its services.

Services it offers include:

How early years trauma affects the brain

The child who mistrusts good care

Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist, from U.S.A., is the originator of dyadic developmental psychotherapy (DDP) and also attachment-focused family therapy. He is an internationally acclaimed therapist and author of ground-breaking books on attachment and emotional recovery.

The Golden Bridge

Child migration from Scotland to Canada, 1869-1939

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.

Violent and aggressive children: caring for those who care

Iriss.fm, episode 137

Adoptive or foster parents often believe they have failed and blame themselves for their child's violent or aggressive behaviour. It's important that professionals are 'trauma aware' and do not reinforce these feelings. Edwina Grant talks to Christine Gordon and Karen Wallace of Adapt Scotland about caring for those who care for children who exhibit violent or aggressive behaviour. They explore the reasons for these behaviours, the impact on family life and coping strategies.

Preserving the history of social work: Golden Bridge

Iriss.fm, episode 128

In 2007, Iriss undertook a digital preservation project to share - and safeguard - the migration story of the 10,000 children, referred to as 'orphans, waifs and strays' who emigrated to Canada between 1869 and 1939. It was first created as an exhibition at the Heatherbank Museum of Social Work in Glasgow called The Golden Bridge, and the website became an interactive tool for learning and sharing this migration story. The website has recently been redesigned.

Trauma and looked after children

Iriss.fm, episode 122

How do we deal with trauma? Most of us have a reference point for what is 'safe' which allows us to make sense of traumatic events (for example a car crash) and provides a framework to deal with it. Looked after or adoptive children often have no such reference point which makes it difficult for them and their parents to deal with trauma.

Why attachment matters: in play, SAIA Conference 2014

Iriss.fm, episode 110

Theraplay is a child and family therapy aimed at enhancing and building attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement. Edwina Grant opened the Scottish Attachment in Action Conference in December 2014 by explaining the importance of play - the building block of human development - and the relationship between Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Theraplay.

Achieving permanence for disabled children

Iriss.fm, episode 104

On 10 October 2014, Iriss.fm attended 'Achieving permanence for disabled children’ event, which was held at the Teacher Building in Glasgow. The event was held to discuss a new piece of research - Achieving permanence for disabled children and young people in foster care and adoption.