Social work

The Scottish Social Services Awards 2023

The Scottish Social Services Awards are an opportunity to celebrate some of the great work found across the sector. We here at Iriss were honoured to host the event with funding from the Scottish Government. 

A huge congratulations to all our winners and nominees. If you couldn't join us on the evening, the proceedings were as follows: 


Excellence in Children’s Services - Swiis Foster Care Scotland

Presented by Joanna MacDonald (Deputy Chief Social Work Adviser)

Practitioner Research with NQSWs in North Ayrshire HSCP

Benefits, challenges, ideas

Iriss and North Ayrshire HSCP colleagues met in Saltcoats in early November for a workshop about practitioner research. We were joined by newly qualified and student social workers plus a Practice Teacher from the Learning and Development team. Iriss is supporting other change work in the HSCP around commissioning and reimagining social work…

Leadership in social work

Reporting on research to explore the current practice context of social work leadership in Scotland, through the perspectives of social workers from across the profession, with the aim of better understanding how Social Work Scotland and its partners, including Iriss, can support developing and existing leaders in future…

Chief Social Work Officers Annual Report Summary 2021-2022

This report provides a summary of the main areas covered in the Chief Social Work Officer Annual Reports. It offers a general overview of the social work landscape in Scotland drawn from the 30 CSWO reports received, and highlights key themes to improve understanding of performance, improvement and challenges being experienced across the sector.