Social services

What the public think about social services

Photo by kami rao (Flickr)

Research commissioned by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum on 'What the public think about Scottish social services and why', has been published. The research was authored by Dr Trish McCulloch (University of Dundee), Professor Stephen Webb (Glasgow Caledonian University) and David Clark. 

Overall, the research findings suggest a good level of support for social services in Scotland and a reasonable level of literacy among respondents about what social services do.

Scottish Social Services Awards 2018

Scottish Social Services Awards

The Scottish Social Services Awards 2018 will officially open for entries next month.

People working in social services across Scotland are being encouraged to start planning their entries now by checking out the 2017 winners’ films and entries.

The same great categories are back: celebrating those who have the courage to take a risk, stick their head above the parapet and the bright sparks of the future.

Celebrating Social Services Awards

Social Services Awards

Held in June at Crieff Hydro, the Social Services Awards 2017 celebrated the breadth of inspiring and life-changing work carried out by the sector. From the 155 organisations, teams and individuals who entered, to the final ten winners, everyone has made a valuable contribution.

The awards were jointly compered by the Minister for Childcare and Early Years and Scottish Broadcaster, Sally Magnusson.

Some video footage from the ceremony and a slideshow of pictures from the event has been made available. 

Winners of Social Services Awards 2017

SSS Awards

Iriss was delighted to play a part in the Social Services Awards 2017. We want to congratulate all the winners and everyone who was nominated for an award. The breadth of inspiring work taking place across the country was fantastic to witness.

SSS Awards shortlist announced

The Scottish Social Services Awards shortlist is now available, announcing the 31 successful entrants making it to the final out of 155 entries nationwide.

It includes a mix of individuals, teams and organisations working in social services for a range of third sector and independent organisations, local authorities and the NHS, who have made a positive difference to people's lives.

The impact of welfare reform on the social services workforce

Insight 32

This evidence summary explores the impact of welfare reform – in a climate of austerity and cuts – on key client groups and its consequent effect on the social services workforce in Scotland. It draws on evidence from the UK where relevant or transferable, but focuses on the Scottish context, impact and response.

Imagining the Future: public debate part three

Iriss.fm, episode 96

As part of the Iriss Imagining the Future of Social Services project led by Robert Rae, a series of creative events were held in Govan over May 2014, to explore aspirations for the future from a locality perspective and to think about the changes that need to be made now and in the coming years. One of the events was a public debate on the subject of social justice, chaired by the journalist Lesley Riddoch. This is the final episode of three covering the debate.

Imagining the Future: public debate part two

Iriss.fm, episode 95

As part of the Iriss Imagining the Future of Social Services project led by Robert Rae, a series of creative events were held in Govan over May 2014, to explore aspirations for the future from a locality perspective and to think about the changes that need to be made now and in the coming years.

Imagining the Future: public debate part one

Iriss.fm, episode 94

As part of the Iriss Imagining the Future of Social Services project led by Robert Rae, a series of creative events was held in Govan over May 2014, to explore aspirations for the future from a locality perspective and to think about the changes that need to be made now and in the coming years. One of the events was a public debate on the subject of social justice, chaired by the journalist Lesley Riddoch. This is the first of three episodes covering the debate.