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:
Flipcharts and sticky notes are great for capturing thoughts and discussions at conferences and workshops ... until it comes to summarising and sharing.
Social reporting is the use of social media to record and share these thoughts and discussions. In digital format, sharing becomes easy.
What's it like for a student leaving university and making the transition into the world of work?
Iriss teamed up with Glasgow Caledonian University, SSSC, the Scottish Association of Social Workers and the Scottish Government to find out. About 120 final year students as well as newly qualified social workers gathered at GCU on 22 January 2015 to share information and experience with aim of helping to shape the future direction of social work.
KEY Community Supports operates throughout Scotland to provide support for people with disabilities. KEY had approached Iriss for suggestions about how they might deliver training and advice to its support workers at the point where support is delivered.
Keith Quinn, Senior Education and Workforce Development Adviser with SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council), describes an e-learning model which uses the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) console to deliver on-the-spot training in the workplace. Markers (like a barcode) are inserted into training manual or materials.
Making that all-important life decision on what career path to follow - whether to go straight into the workforce, or to enter further education or training - can be a daunting one for many young people, especially considering the number of options that are available to them today.