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Iriss.fm

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Iriss.fm presents lectures, discussions and debate on current topics of interest in the social services, Social Work and Social Care. It’s a forum where all involved in social services may share opinion, knowledge and experience. We aim to promote engag
191 - Conversation with Greg Campbell, a support worker
Nov 23 • 17 min
Michael McEwan has a conversation with Greg Campbell, a support worker who works with vulnerable adults. Greg tells us about his motivations for pursuing a career in care, the transition from education to practice and shares both positive and challenging…
190 - PAssport to Independent Living
Nov 14 • 45 min
Coverage of the launch of PAssport to Independent Living, a published collection of stories written by Personal Assistants (PA) about their experiences of what it’s like to work as a Personal Assistant in Scotland. It took place on 31 October 2017 in…
189 - Access Film Club
Oct 23 • 17 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Jodie Wilkinson, the Public Engagement Coordinator of Access Film Club which is hosted at Glasgow Film Theatre. She speaks about the purpose and aims of the club and the types of films screened.
188 - Restorative justice
Oct 12 • 33 min
Restorative Justice is a process of dialogue between two parties; in the context of criminal justice social work this will be a victim (or person harmed) and an offender (one who has caused harm). Statutory criminal justice social work in Edinburgh is a…
187 - Scottish Mental Health and Arts Festival
Oct 3 • 17 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Richard Warden, the film lead of the Scottish Mental Health and Arts Film Festival, which runs from 10-29 October 2017.
186 - The Care Collective
Aug 16 • 17 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Ruth Gallagher (Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire), Lynn Wardle (Thrive) and Colette Walker (carer) about the Care Collective. The Care Collective is a project in East Renfrewshire to support carers and involve them in…
185 - Hidden disabilities - Joseph Delaney
Jul 26 • 19 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Joseph Delaney about growing up with a ‘hidden disability’. Joseph is on the autistic spectrum and tells us about his life experiences, and his journey to getting his music degree at university.
184 - Hidden Disabilities - Ryan Fleming
Jun 20 • 28 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Ryan Fleming about growing up with a ‘hidden disability’. Ryan is on the autistic spectrum and tells us about the challenging as well as positive experiences he has faced from childhood right through adulthood. He talks about how…
183 - Secure care in Scotland
May 31 • 48 min
The second of two episodes to celebrate the Festival of Residential Child Care 2017. Debbie Nolan, Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) introduces Alison Gough, secure care national adviser, also of CYCJ. She asks her about the key messages emerging…
182 - Between a rock and a hard place
May 31 • 40 min
The first of two episodes to celebrate the Festival of Residential Child Care 2017. In this episode, Debbie Nolan and Kristina Moodie(Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice) introduce the rationale behind, and findings of, their 2016 research ‘Between a rock…
181 - Hate crime: causes, motivations and effective Interventions
May 29 • 40 min
Reports of hate crime in Scotland have increased and research indicates that the trauma experienced by victims of hate crime can be more enduring and harmful than non-hate related offending and that it has detrimental effects on communities as well as…
180 - Active and Independent Living Improvement Programme (AILIP)
May 19 • 30 min
Sarah Mitchell Programme Director for the Active and Independent Living Improvement Programme and Susan Kelso AHP Lead for Early Intervention (Scottish Government) spoke to Iriss.fm about the programme and the Life Curve Survey. The Active and Independent…
179 - Parents with learning disabilities
May 17 • 35 min
A roundtable discussion on the topic of parents with learning disabilities as part of Learning Disability Week 2017. It highlights how best we can support families where one or both parents have learning disabilities, raises awareness of the key issues…
178 - Learning Disability Week 2017
Apr 27 • 32 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Chris Creegan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability(SCLD) about Learning Disability Week 2017. The theme for this year is: ‘Looking back, thinking forward’, which will celebrate achievements, ask…
177 - Unity Enterprise
Mar 28 • 12 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Loretta Galloway, Learning Disability Service Manager at Unity Enterprise, about the services and supports the organisation provides.
175 - How do you find real lack and real passion?
Mar 1 • 57 min
On 24 October 2016 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Dr Robert French led an Iriss workshop exploring how to negotiate a way through the complexities of our managed world, in order to do some of the worthwhile things we feel passionate about.…
164 - ISBA 2016:ISBA values and themes - Don Williamson
Feb 19 • 9 min
Don Williamson (ISBA President and Chief Executive, Shared Care Scotland) details how the conference came to be hosted in Scotland in 2016 and the value previous conferences have contributed to the sector. He explains the intentions behind the theme…
163 - ISBA 2016:Welcome - Donald Macleod
Feb 19 • 8 min
Donald Macleod, Conference Chair, welcomes visitors to the conference. ISBA 2016:The 10th International Short Break Association conference, 13–15 September 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland
168 - ISBA 2016:Back in the driving seat - James McKillop
Feb 19 • 12 min
Dr James McKillop MBE, a person who has been living with dementia for a long time, tells of his personal experience of risk and outdoors activity. He has been supported by Dementia Adventure to fulfil his dream of going driving again in a safe…
171 - ISBA 2016:Reframing Respite - Maureen Flynn
Feb 19 • 26 min
Maureen Flynn, National Disability Insurance Scheme Transition Project Officer and Support Coordinator, Interchange Illawarra Inc https://www.interchangeillawarra.org/, New South Wales (Australia). Unlocking the potential in our communities. The…
173 - ISBA 2016:No Limits - Jamie Andrew
Feb 19 • 47 min
Jamie Andrew http://www.jamieandrew.com/, Mountaineer, Adventurer, Author. Unlocking our potential. Jamie tells his personal story of surviving an avalanche on the Les Droites mountain in the French Alps, dealing with the life-changing challenges that…
165 - ISBA 2016:Caring in Scotland - Aileen Campbell
Feb 19 • 14 min
Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport, Scottish Government. The minister talks about * how the Scottish Government hopes to support carers, paid and unpaid * new social security powers are being devolved to Scotland, how might these be…
170 - ISBA 2016:The Shifting Sector - Amy MacFarlane
Feb 19 • 25 min
Amy MacFarlane, Founder and Chief Executive, Recreational Respite (Canada) http://recrespite.com/ https://twitter.com/recrespite. Unlocking the Potential in our Communities. Changing policy and practice, innovative partnerships and use of technology in…
167 - ISBA 2016:Adventures with dementia - Neil Mapes
Feb 19 • 25 min
Neil Mapes, Chief Executive, Dementia Adventure, http://www.dementiaadventure.co.uk/ Dementia Adventure is a registered charity that is dedicated to supporting people to live well with dementia and have a sense of adventure in their lives. Neil describes…
172 - ISBA 2016:Getting There - Roy McConkey
Feb 19 • 32 min
Roy McConkey OBE, Emeritus Professor, Ulster University, Ireland. Unlocking our potential. The potential of short breaks. Do we keep evolving or is a revolution needed? Have professionals created a world that suits themselves but not the service users?…
169 - ISBA 2016:Unlocking the Potential in our Communities - George Thomson,Edgar Cahn
Feb 19 • 17 min
George Thomson, Chief Executive, Volunteer Scotland http://www.volunteerscotland.net/. Unlocking the Potential in our Communities. George shares his memories of Edgar Cahn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_S._Cahn - the creator of Time Banking and its…
162 - ISBA 2016:The 10th international short break association conference - Don Williamson
Feb 19 • 7 min
Don Williamson (ISBA President) explains the background to the biennial ISBA conference that was held 13–15 September 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The theme was “Unlocking the potential of short breaks”. The International Short Break Association (ISBA) is…
166 - ISBA 2016:Anything to declare? - Jaynie Mitchell
Feb 19 • 19 min
Anything to declare? Jaynie Mitchell, Director, Inspiring Inclusion (Scotland) https://www.facebook.com/inspiringinclusion/. Jaynie shares the experience of her own family of accessing appropriate services and support for her son who was diagnosed with…
158 - From strength to strength
Dec 13, 2016 • 41 min
In 2012, Iriss undertook a project focused on understanding how an assets based approach could improve mental health and well-being within East Dunbartonshire, focusing specifically on Kirkintilloch. East Dunbartonshire Association of Mental Health is now…
157 - Learning Disability Alliance Scotland
Nov 21, 2016 • 28 min
In this episode, Michael McEwan speaks to Ian Hood, Co-ordinator at the Learning Disability Alliance Scotland. It’s an interesting discussion which gives an overview of what the organisation does, and touches on number of topics including care charges,…
156 - Glasgow Disability Alliance
Nov 8, 2016 • 17 min
In this episode Michael McEwan speaks to Brian Scott, Development Manager at the Glasgow Disability Alliance about the work it does.
155 - Forming new futures through appreciative inquiry
Oct 17, 2016 • 47 min
A roundtable discussion on the topic of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) - a complement to Iriss’ evidence summary: Insight 33 - ‘Forming new futures through appreciative inquiry’ which launched in October 2016. The discussion covers in some detail what…
154 - Why attachment matters
Oct 12, 2016 • 33 min
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…
153 - In Control Scotland
Oct 4, 2016 • 14 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Keith Etherington, Director of In Control Scotland about the services it provides. Website: http://in-controlscotland.org/
146 - Neighbourhood Networks
Sep 26, 2016 • 10 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Lauren May, Network Manager for Glasgow about Neighbourhood Networks and the services it provides.
152 -Limelight Music
Sep 19, 2016 • 19 min
In this episode, Michael McEwan speaks to Gordon Dougall, Artistic Director of Limelight Music. Limelight is a Scottish Equalities professional music training and production company that delivers high-quality inclusive music projects across Scotland and…
151 - Challenging child protection: new directions in safeguarding children
Aug 22, 2016 • 42 min
This is the third of three episodes in a seminar series entitled, ‘Critical perspectives on child protection’. In this seminar, Janice McGhee and Professor Lorraine Waterhouse, explore the research landscape in child protection drawing on the work of…
150 - Social workers’ communication with children involved in child protection
Aug 19, 2016 • 23 min
This is the second of three episodes in a seminar series entitled, ‘Critical perspectives on child protection’. In this seminar, Professor Viviene Cree and Dr Morrison share findings from the Talking and Listening to Children (TLC) research. This is a…
147 - Social pedagogy in practice at Camphill Scotland
Aug 16, 2016 • 50 min
Social pedagogy is an approach to working with people which focuses on relationships as a way to help people to learn and develop. It is widely used in Europe but is still in its infancy in the UK. In Scotland there is a small but growing group of…
148 - C-Change
Aug 16, 2016 • 10 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Sheryl Walker, PR and Marketing Co-ordinator for C-Change, about the goals and objectives of C-Change and the work that it does. This year, C-Change is celebrating its 15th birthday, and we hear about some of the associated events…
145 - Acumen - giving mental health service users and carers a voice
Jun 6, 2016 • 15 min
Michael McEwan of Able Radio speaks to Pauline Vance, Development Worker at Acumen, about its supports and services. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative Commons-BY license United States (CC BY 3.0)
144 - Learning Disability Week 2016
Jun 6, 2016 • 11 min
Learning Disability Week will be held from 16-20 May 2016. Michael McEwan of Able Radio speaks to Linda Mitchell, Learning and Development Manager at Scottish Commission for Learning Disability, about the theme for this year and associated activities…
143 - Action on Hearing Loss Scotland
Jun 6, 2016 • 11 min
According to Delia Henry, Director at Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, hearing loss and deafness don’t often get highly profiled in Scottish society. In this episode, Michael McEwan speaks to Delia about Action on Hearing Loss - its history, who it works…
142 - Disabled Access Day
Jun 6, 2016 • 15 min
Kiki McDonald, the Founder of Disabled Access Day, speaks to Michael McEwan about Disabled Access Day and associated events and activities. It will be held on 12 March 2016. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative Commons-BY…
141 - My Life My Way - Wesley Greer
Jan 18, 2016 • 25 min
Never underestimate people with disability. Wesley (Wes) Greer talks to Michael McEwan about his life from school through the highs and lows of breaking into performing arts. Currently Wes is working in a voluntary post at Common Knowledge UK (CKUK). He…
140 - My life my way. Lynn Murdoch
Dec 18, 2015 • 18 min
Lynn Murdoch talks about education, work and living independently in My Life My Way.
139 - My Life My Way. George Gordon
Nov 30, 2015 • 16 min
Michael McEwan of Able Radio talks to George Gordon about the challenge of attending college while working as a School Traffic Patroller. George has worked with Common Knowledge as an interviewer on the Special Olympics before becoming a support worker.…
138 - Hate Crime Awareness Week
Oct 27, 2015 • 21 min
Hate Crime Awareness Week takes place 10-17 October 2015. In this episode Michael McEwan finds out why we need an awareness week and what is happening in Glasgow from Brian Scott (Development Manager - Glasgow Disability Alliance), Pauline Kelly (Hate…
137 - Violent and aggressive children: caring for those who care
Sep 18, 2015 • 34 min
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…
136 -Bobath Scotland and World Cerebral Palsy Day
Sep 18, 2015 • 20 min
Bobtath Scotland is the only charity in Scotland dedicated to helping people with cerebral palsy, the most common cause of physical disability With Cerebral Palsy Month coming up in October and World Cerebral Palsy Day on 7 October, Bobath Scotland Chief…
132 - Sense Scotland. Supporting disabled people and their families
Sep 18, 2015 • 17 min
Sense Scotland supports children and adults with disabilities. In this episode Michael McEwan talks to Communication Officer Graeme Thomson about the kinds of support offered and Support Worker Grant Hendry about arts and outdoor activities. Music:…
133 - People Powered Health and Wellbeing: Co-production and improvement methodology
Sep 9, 2015 • 16 min
This is the third in a series of recordings on the topic of co-production and improvement methodology. Lisa Curtice, Programme Director, People Powered Health and Wellbeing speaks about the programme and their experiences of co-production and improvement…
134 - Health Improvement Scotland: Co-production and improvement methodology
Sep 9, 2015 • 24 min
This is the fourth in a series of recordings on the topic of co-production and improvement methodology. Shaun Maher, Improvement Advisor at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, gives his views on co-production and improvement methodology and details the work…
135 - Co-production and improvement methodology in education
Sep 9, 2015 • 16 min
This is the final episode in a series of five on the subject of co-production and improvement methodology. Susan Hannah, Head of Improvement - Raising Attainment for All, speaks about the improvement work she has been involved in. She began her career in…
131 - Scottish Community Development Centre: Co-production and improvement methodology
Aug 13, 2015 • 11 min
This is the second in a series of recordings on the topic of co-production and improvement methodology. Fiona Garven, Director of Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) gives her views on co-production and its compatibility with improvement…
130 - Healthy Communities Collaborative: Co-production and improvement methodology
Aug 13, 2015 • 38 min
This is the first in the series of recordings on the topic of co-production and improvement methodology. Catriona Ness, Organisational Development Lead, Health and Social Care Integration and Coaching at NHS Tayside; and Jackie Doe, Project Manager for…
129 - Values into Action Scotland (supporting people on the autistic spectrum)
Jul 13, 2015 • 8 min
Values into Action Scotland promotes rights and equality fro people with learning difficulties and individuals on the autistic spectrum. In this episode Michael McEwan first talks to David Ross about how his work as a Quality Checker helps people bring…
128 - Preserving the history of social work: Golden Bridge
Jul 9, 2015 • 34 min
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…
127 - LGBT Age Capacity Building Project
Jul 2, 2015 • 32 min
On 18 June, the LGBT Age Capacity Building Project held an event to celebrate and reflect on the achievements of the project and discuss the future of inclusive LGBT services in Scotland. The event involved creative activities including powerful and…
126 - Learning Disability Statistics Scotland
Jun 17, 2015 • 8 min
Claire Stewart, project manager with Learning Disability Statistics Scotland, talks to Michael McEwan about the statistics they collect from Scottish Local Authorities and how they use data visualisation to make them understandable. Music: Something…
124 - Reversing the Trend: supporting people to reduce harmful drinking
Jun 8, 2015 • 19 min
Reversing the Trend is a resource developed by Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) and Evaluation Support Scotland (ESS) with practitioners to help gather and disseminate evidence on the impact of preventative approaches for young people at risk of…
125 - Learning Disability Week 2015
Jun 8, 2015 • 7 min
Equality is the theme of this year’s Learning Disability Week (15 - 21 June 2015). In this episode Michael McEwan picks out some highlights, including older people with learning disability, using technology and staying safe online, women and learning…
123 - Conversations about alcohol: making a difference to alcohol-related harm
May 19, 2015 • 21 min
The Evidence Exchange programme, an Alliance for Useful Evidence initiative, seeks to encourage the sharing and use of social policy evidence across the UK. One of the programme’s themes is the role of evidence in developing policy and interventions that…
122 - Trauma and looked after children
May 6, 2015 • 40 min
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…
121 - Recovery Across Mental Health
Apr 23, 2015 • 10 min
Recovery Across Mental Health (formerly Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health) is an independent voluntary sector organisation that aims to enable people to recover from mental ill health and to promote wellbeing. This year RAMH is celebrating 25…
120 - We Chose to Climb!
Apr 23, 2015 • 11 min
We Chose to Climb was a three-day event or ‘climb’ that was held over 16-18th March at the Arches in Glasgow. It was an event that brought together those interested in discussing and exploring the principles of self-directed support. IRISS.FM spoke to…
119 - PASDA. Supporting families of adults with autism
Apr 23, 2015 • 16 min
There are over 7000 families supporting adults with an autistic spectrum condition in Edinburgh and the Lothians. PASDA is a charity that offers support to parents, partners and siblings of adults with ASC. Executive manager Donna Nelson and Cath Purdie,…
118 - Homelessness: sustainability
Mar 3, 2015 • 51 min
How do we best secure stable futures for people who have experienced homelessness? What assistance and interventions can homelessness services put in place to support people to thrive? In this episode, partners in the Homelessness: pathways and prevention…
117 - Dates-n-Mates
Mar 3, 2015 • 12 min
Dates n Mates is a friendship and dating agency for people with learning disabilities. Michael McEwan talked to PR and Marketing Manager Liz Irvine just before Valentine’s day 2015. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative…
116 - Homelessness: transitions
Mar 3, 2015 • 54 min
Periods of transition can be particularly difficult and are proven situations where people are a higher risk of becoming homeless. In this episode, partners in the ‘Homelessness: pathways and prevention’ project discuss effective interventions for keeping…
115 - Young Scotland’s Got Talent
Mar 3, 2015 • 10 min
Michael McEwan talks to Maura Lynch about Young Scotland’s Got Talent, an employment campaign for young people with learning difficulties and individuals on the autistic spectrum, the puts premium on having fun. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free,…
114 - Is technology an enabler or barrier in preventing social isolation for older people?
Mar 3, 2015 • 18 min
Plan P: New approaches to prevention with older people, is an IRISS project which addresses the issue of social isolation and loneliness amongst older people. Each quarter the advisory group records a group discussion about a related aspect of prevention.…
113 - Fit for the Future in Argyll and Bute
Mar 3, 2015 • 34 min
Fit for the Future is a project dedicated to inspiring better outcomes for older people in Scotland by working with providers from the independent sector. This is a round-table reflection on the work in Argyll and Bute. The project brought together…
112 - Go4IT Digital Inclusion Service
Mar 3, 2015 • 15 min
IRISS.FM visited the Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living which hosts Go4IT. Go4IT is a digital inclusion service for adults with disabilities who are supported by Quarriers. We spoke to Diane Webb, Digital Inclusion Lead at Quarriers about how the Go4IT…
111 - The East Project. Supported employment
Mar 3, 2015 • 9 min
Michael McEwan in conversation with Emma Hill about the East Project in East Renfrewshire. The project is run by Enable Scotland to support people with disabilities into employment. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative…
110-Why attachment matters: in play (SAIA Conference 2014)
Dec 16, 2014 • 37 min
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…
109 UCanDoIT. Digital literacy training
Dec 16, 2014 • 6 min
UCanDoIT teaches people with disabilities how to use computers and the world wide web, including online shopping, banking and social media. Instruction takes place in the learner’s own home, on his or her own computer. UCanDoIt boasts a very high success…
108-Discover Care Opinion
Dec 16, 2014 • 21 min
On 13 November, IRISS.FM attended Discover Care Opinion event to launch, as well as discuss and explore Care Opinion, the sister site to Patient Opinion in Scotland. Care Opinion is an independent site where anyone can share their stories of adult social…
107-Reforming narratives: is there life after punishment?
Dec 16, 2014 • 53 min
This episode features a recording of a Sutherland Trust lecture: ‘Reforming narratives: is there life after punishment?’ presented by Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology and Social Work and Head of Sociology at the University of Glasgow. In recent…
106-What does it mean to be a radical?
Dec 16, 2014 • 43 min
On 30 October 2014, IRISS held its annual AGM, which featured guest speaker Angela Morgan, Chief Executive at Includem. Includem is an organisation that provides intensive support services for Scotland’s most vulnerable young people. Her presentation was…
105-Whose Shoes?
Dec 16, 2014 • 30 min
In this episode, Michelle Drumm from IRISS has a conversation with Gill Phillips (the creator of Whose Shoes?®) and Ken Howard (a media ambassador for people with dementia) who were up in Scotland from 20-24 October to attend the European Alzheimer’s…
104-Achieving permanence for disabled children
Dec 16, 2014 • 17 min
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…
103-How can we effectively engage with harder to reach older people?
Dec 16, 2014 • 23 min
Plan P: New approaches to prevention with older people, is an Iriss project which addresses the issue of social isolation and loneliness amongst older people. Each quarter the advisory group records a group discussion about a related aspect of prevention.…
102-ASSET (Age Specialist Services Emergency Team)
Dec 16, 2014 • 37 min
Iriss became aware of ASSET (Age Specialist Services Emergency Team) through Michelle Millar at Health Improvement Scotland, who highlighted the great work that was going on in North Lanarkshire. ASSET, which was set up in February 2012, is based in…
101-My life my way - Chris White
Dec 16, 2014 • 13 min
Until his mid 20s Chris White was doing OK: working, married and a decent social life. He began to feel worried and anxious and quickly began to feel he couldn’t cope. Between 1995 and 1999 Chris attended a day centre. In the second in our My Life My Way…
100-Putting the baby IN the bathwater (why attachment matters for all)
Dec 16, 2014 • 38 min
We all believe in preventing harm to children and we know that attachment plays a key role in prevention, but how do we close the gap between what we know and what we do? Putting the baby IN the bathwater is a coalition of some 80 organisations and…
099-World Dementia Awareness Month
Dec 16, 2014 • 41 min
September is World Dementia Awareness Month and to mark it IRISS.FM met up with the directors of Dementia Scotland Consultancy and Training and a group professionals and carers in the area of dementia care. We firstly spoke to Yvonne Stewart and Anne…
098-Relationships Matter
Dec 16, 2014 • 6 min
Relationships Matter is an IRISS project to develop ideas that support young people who are leaving care to maintain positive, nurturing relationships with the people in their lives. Gayle Rice, the project lead gives a short overview of the project, its…
097-My life my way-Gordon Roy
Dec 16, 2014 • 9 min
Gordon Roy left school when he was 17 in the 1980s and attended a day centre. He was told he wouldn’t be able to work or have a family. He left the day centre, went to college and has held down a steady job for many years. He also has a family. In the…
096-Imagining the Future: public debate part three
Dec 16, 2014 • 36 min
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…
095-Imagining the Future: public debate part two
Dec 16, 2014 • 53 min
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…
094-Imagining the Future: public debate part one
Dec 16, 2014 • 45 min
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…
093-Walking Towards Better Health
Dec 16, 2014 • 12 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Emma Goodlad, Walking Development Worker at ALLIANCE Scotland, about the Walking Towards Better Health programme. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative Commons-BY license United States (CC BY 3.0)
092-Knowledge into practice
Dec 16, 2014 • 15 min
Michael McEwan talks to Dr Ann Wales about translating knowledge into practice. Anne is Programme Director for Knowledge Management with NHS Education for Scotland (NES). She explains the relationship between SSKS (Social Services Knowledge Scotland) and…
091-Hospital to Home
Dec 16, 2014 • 17 min
Hospital to Home is an Iriss project to design a pathway to support the transition from hospital to home for older people. In this episode, Fiona Munro, the project lead gives us an overview of Hospital to Home, progress to date and the final outcomes of…
090-What do we mean by prevention? Is it early intervention or universal prevention or both?
Dec 16, 2014 • 17 min
Plan P: New approaches to prevention with older people, is an IRISS project which addresses the issue of social isolation and loneliness amongst older people. Each quarter the advisory group records a group discussion about a related aspect of prevention.…
089-Write to Recovery
Dec 16, 2014 • 42 min
Write to Recovery, a website designed to support people affected by mental health problems on their journeys of recovery, was launched on 11 June 2014 at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh. The launch forms part of the Scottish Recovery…
088-SPAEN and self directed support
Dec 16, 2014 • 15 min
Colin Millar, Chief Executive of SPAEN (Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network), talks to Michael McEwan about Self Directed Support in Scotland: the four options, SDS and carers, how to apply and the role of SPAEN. Music: Something Elated by Broke…
087-The arts in social care: overview of the evidence base
Dec 16, 2014 • 12 min
In early 2013, Consilium Research (commissioned by Skills for Care and the Baring Foundation) conducted a literature review of available evidence to explore the role of the arts in delivering social care outcomes. Jim Thomas gives us an overview of the…
086-Welfare reform. Impact on third sector social and housing care providers in Scotland
Dec 16, 2014 • 34 min
IRISS and CCPS - the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland - collaborated on an ESRC funded research project to investigate the impact of welfare reform on third sector social and housing care providers in Scotland. The results of this…
085-Learning Disability Week 2014
Dec 16, 2014 • 9 min
Learning Disability Week runs from 19th to 25th May 2014. This year it has been brought forward from its usual June slot to allow more time to discuss the implications of the independence referendum which takes place on 18 September. Michael McEwan of…
084-Creative Care and Support: Pitlochry
Dec 16, 2014 • 11 min
IRISS.FM spoke to Fiona Johnstone and Rikke Iversholt, the project leads on the Creative Care and Support project in Pitlochry, which has been underway since the autumn of 2013 and is now in its third phase. It is a project to assist the community to…
083-The Advocacy Project
Dec 16, 2014 • 8 min
Catriona Rowley of The Advocacy Project talks to Michael McEwan about advocacy and the services offered by the project. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative Commons-BY license United States (CC BY 3.0)
082-Using the Sony Playstation Portable (PsP) for context based learning
Dec 16, 2014 • 24 min
Key Community Supports provides support for people with disabilities across Scotland. During 2013 Iriss worked with Key to explore how mobile technologies might provide context-based information and training for care workers. Specifically we looked at how…
081-Status change: will the marriage of health and social care lead to better partnership working?
Dec 16, 2014 • 45 min
The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill that has passed through Scottish Parliament is aimed at ensuring closer integration of health and social care services across Scotland. Given a growing older population on the one hand and a past history…
080-How can we ensure that older people are equal partners in developing preventative approaches?
Dec 16, 2014 • 24 min
Plan P: New approaches to prevention with older people, is an IRISS project which addresses the issue of social isolation and loneliness amongst older people. Each quarter the advisory group records a group discussion about a related aspect of prevention.…
079-Fit for the Future
Dec 16, 2014 • 16 min
Rhiann McLean, lead on Fit for the Future, a joint Iriss and Scottish Care project, speaks to IRISS.FM about the project’s aims and objectives and gives us an update on progress to date. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative…
078-The Peckham Experiment. Henrietta Trotter in conversation with Lisa Curtice
Dec 16, 2014 • 41 min
Lisa Curtice in conversation with Henrietta Trotter who was closely involved with the Pioneer Health Centre, popularly known as the Peckham Experiment. The centre was set up in 1926 as a public health research study and became something of an icon for…
077-Late: Dates-n-Mates nightclub for people with learning disabilities
Dec 16, 2014 • 10 min
Michael McEwan of Able Radio catches up with John Paul, a Director of Dates-n-Mates, at the Arches to talk about Late, Scotland’s first inclusive club night for people with learning disabilities. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a…
076-Disability sports in Scotland and the Commonwealth Games 2014
Dec 16, 2014 • 13 min
Michael McEwan speaks to Gavin Macleod, Chief Executive of Scottish Disability Sport about the work that they do and the build up to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He also interviews Greg Warnecke, Head of Sport at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games about…
075-Supporting practitioners through the ethical research journey
Dec 16, 2014 • 22 min
An event ‘Navigating ethical approval and access in social care research’ was held on 28 January 2014. It provided an opportunity to discuss the routes for gaining ethical approval for social care research and to provide a platform for the launch of the…
074-Importance of ethics in social care research and six principles for ethical research
Dec 16, 2014 • 29 min
An event entitled, ‘Navigating ethical approval and access in social care research’ was held on 28 January 2014. It provided an opportunity to discuss the routes for gaining ethical approval for social care research and to provide a platform for the…
073-Why attachment matters beyond early years. SAIA Conference, December 2013
Dec 16, 2014 • 38 min
During the conference IRISS.FM spoke to the speakers - Tam Baillie, Judy Furnival, Helen Minnis, Sally Wassell and Paul Gilroy - as well as some of the delegates on a range of topics: how research into brain development in early years is helping us…
072-Trend Spotter network
Dec 16, 2014 • 6 min
Michael McEwan interviews Susan Campbell of the Social Care Ideas Factory about the Trend Spotter network in Glasgow that will capture stories and trends of everyday living of people affected by disabilities. The Trend Spotter network will link people…
071-‘The little engine that could’: implementation science and art
Dec 16, 2014 • 8 min
Dr Katharine Dill, lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and founding Executive Director of PART (Practice and Research Together) spoke at IRISS’s sixth annual AGM on 27 November 2013. Her presentation was entitled, ‘The little engine that could’:…
070-‘The little engine that could’: ideas into practice
Dec 16, 2014 • 9 min
Dr Katharine Dill, lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and founding Executive Director of PART (Practice and Research Together) spoke at Iriss’s sixth annual AGM on 27 November 2013. Her presentation was entitled, ‘The little engine that could’:…
069-The little engine that could - introduction
Dec 16, 2014 • 16 min
Dr Katharine Dill, lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and founding Executive Director of PART (Practice and Research Together) spoke at IRISS’s sixth annual AGM on 27 November 2013. Her presentation was entitled, ‘The little engine that could’:…
068-What does prevention mean in an ageing population?
Dec 16, 2014 • 38 min
Plan P: New approaches to prevention with older people, is an IRISS project which addresses the issue of social isolation and loneliness amongst older people. Each quarter the advisory group records a group discussion about a related aspect of prevention.…
067-Mindfulness in practice
Dec 16, 2014 • 22 min
In December 2013, IRISS.FM spoke to Sandra Gyaltsen, Learning and Development Officer at Dumfries and Galloway Council, and Jane Kellock, Senior Manager - Children and Early Intervention at West Lothian Council, on the subject of mindfulness and its…
066-Risk assessment and risk management in youth justice
Dec 16, 2014 • 61 min
A discussion about the theory and practice of risk assessment and risk management in youth justice hosted by Mark McSherry, Head of Development with the RIsk Management Authority. Taking part are Lorraine Johnstone (a consultant clinical and forensic…
065-Able Radio presents…
Dec 16, 2014 • 6 min
Able Radio’s Michael McEwan provides a roundup of news and events for people with disabilities. Third of the series. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative Commons-BY license United States (CC BY 3.0)
064-Food for Thought. What it means in practice
Dec 16, 2014 • 10 min
Iriss talks to attendees at the Food for Thought launch event on 19 November 2013 talk about the project and the educational resources that emerged from it. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative Commons-BY license United…
063-Food for Thought. Reflections on the project
Dec 16, 2014 • 17 min
Professor Daniel reflects on the main messages from the original food practices research as well the the Food for Thought project, highlighting the value of combining practice based evidence with academic research with a sprinkling of the day to day…
062-Food for Thought. The experience of partnership and co-production
Dec 16, 2014 • 19 min
Jane Alcorn of Foster Care Associates describes her experience of being part of the project in particular working with academics. In particular she mentions the difference between evidence based practice and practice based evidence, Jane is followed by…
061-Food for Thought. The Food and Care Study
Dec 16, 2014 • 15 min
Professor Samantha Punch of the University of Stirling, and one of the lead investigators on Food for Thought, summarises the original research project - the Use of Food and Food Practices in Residential Child Care in Scotland. She describes the research…
060-Food for Thought. The Contexts of Care
Dec 16, 2014 • 30 min
The Food for Thought project grew out of research undertaken by the University of Stirling into the symbolic role of food in foster and residential child care. The project has created a variety of tools and training materials which encourage reflection…
059-Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2013
Dec 16, 2014 • 29 min
Guest presenter Heidi Tweedie, Highland Festival Publicity Co-ordinator, gives us a round-up the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2013 in the Highlands. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative Commons-BY license…
058-Pilotlight: self-directed support for those with mental health problems
Dec 16, 2014 • 23 min
The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 goes live on the 1st April 2014 and the implementation of the National Strategy is well under way across Scotland. Pilotlight is contributing to these preparations. The project involves co-design…
057-Working together to safeguard and protect children and young people in sport
Dec 16, 2014 • 19 min
The ‘Working together to safeguard and protect children and young people in sport’ conference was held on 29 October, 2013 at Celtic Park. It was a partnership event of WithScotland and Children 1st. IRISS.FM attended and spoke to Shona Robison, Minister…
056-Able Radio presents…
Dec 16, 2014 • 8 min
Guest presenter, Michael McEwan from Able Radio offers the latest round-up of news and events for people with disabilities. This is the second broadcast in the series. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative Commons-BY license…
055-Challenge Poverty Week: Effects of welfare reform on practice and practitioners
Dec 16, 2014 • 61 min
To mark Challenge Poverty Week 2013 (13-19 October), Iriss hosted a roundtable discussion on the subject of welfare reform. The motion was: “The effects of welfare reform on practice and practitioners: How can we continue to deliver positive services?”…
054-Promoting Excellence in Dementia Education Conference
Dec 16, 2014 • 53 min
The Promoting Excellence in Dementia Education conference was held on 18 September 2013 at the Stirling Management Centre. It was organised by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). IRISS.FM attended to capture some…
053-Able Radio presents…
Dec 16, 2014 • 9 min
We are pleased to introduce guest presenter Michael McEwan, a regular contributor to Able Radio. Michael offers a roundup of news and events for people with disabilities. Music: Something Elated by Broke For Free, licensed under a Creative Commons-BY…
052-Public debate on welfare reform (Learning Disability Week 2013)
Dec 16, 2014 • 53 min
Iriss hosted a public debate on the subject of welfare reform to mark Learning Disability Week 2013. It was held on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 in Glasgow and was attended by over 50 people. The motion for the debate was: ‘Welfare reform will mean that people…
051-Why volunteer?
Dec 16, 2014 • 27 min
On 8 May 2013, Iriss brought together nine people at the Volunteer Development Scotland offices in Stirling to discuss what motivated them to volunteer, and to share their experiences of volunteering. It was facilitated by Claire Lightowler, Iriss Music:…
050-A bed for the night? Austerity, social work and resistance
Dec 16, 2014 • 37 min
Iain Ferguson, Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at University of the West of Scotland, gives his inaugural lecture on the impact of welfare reform on people’s lives, and argues that a different kind of social work is required to respond to the…
049-Residential child care in Bangladesh
Dec 16, 2014 • 30 min
As a forester starting out with no qualifications in social work, Tuhinul did voluntary work with street children and the children of sex workers in Bangaldesh. Conscious of the need for a theoretical grounding he came to the University of East Anglia and…
048-Self-directed support is just the same as an outcomes focused approach?
Dec 16, 2014 • 35 min
This is the first in a series of round-table discussions that was recorded at the IRISS offices in the busy Merchant City of Glasgow. It forms part of the IRISS Debates project for 2013/14 and brought together individuals from key organisations to discuss…
047-A collaborative consultation on draft statutory guidance for self-directed support in Scotland
Dec 16, 2014 • 29 min
Following the publication of the draft guidance on self-directed support, a consultation event was held on 6 June 2013 in Dunfermline, to give service providers, users of services and carers, the opportunity to air their views on the various parts of the…
046-Real Lives, Real Difference: Service user and carer involvement in professional education
Dec 16, 2014 • 67 min
The Real Lives, Real Difference conference was held at the University of Stirling on 4 June 2013, which focused on the subject of service user and carer involvement in professional education. It involved a presentation from Peter Beresford, who argues…
045-Care Accolades 2013
Dec 16, 2014 • 16 min
The 2013 Care Accolades was held on Friday 31st May at the Perth Concert Hall. Always an uplifting occasion and a chance to celebrate achievements in social care across Scotland, IRISS.FM spoke to a number of people involved in the many projects nominated…
044-Learning Disability Week 17-23 June 2013
Dec 16, 2014 • 8 min
Learning Disability Week in Scotland runs from Monday 17th to Sunday 23 June 2013. The theme this year is welfare reform. Michelle Drumm talks to Jan Murdoch from the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability and Michael McEwan of Able Radio about…
043-Public mental health: global perspectives
Dec 16, 2014 • 31 min
Mental health is a public health priority. Lee Knifton and Neil Quinn of the University of Strathclyde assembled a team of international experts to summarise the evidence base and ask key questions on topics ranging from community development to public…
042-Carr Gomm – recording and measuring outcomes
Dec 16, 2014 • 7 min
An introduction to Carr Gomm’s conversation-based outcome measurement tool. A system designed to capture and track the personal outcomes of the people they support, and link these to the wider local and national outcomes. Features Carr Gomm Business…
041-The politics of social work
Dec 16, 2014 • 38 min
Iain Ferguson is professor of Social Work and Social Policy at University of the West of Scotland. He is widely published and a founder member of SWAN - Social Work Action Network. In this lecture at Glasgow School of Social Work on 18 April 2013 he…
040-Looked after young people and Home Supervision Requirements
Dec 15, 2014 • 40 min
Young people who are looked after at home or are under a Home Supervision Requirement make up the largest proportion of young people who are looked after (around 5,400 out of a population of just over 16,000). They have the poorest educational outcomes…
039-Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief Awareness Week (13-19 May 2013)
Dec 15, 2014 • 8 min
IRISS.FM spoke to Mark Hazelwood, Director of the Scottish Partnership of Palliative Care; and Barbara Chalmers, Final Fling Founder about the significance of Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief Awareness Week 13-19 May 2013, and the type of events…
038-Highland Link Up: the positive impact of local community initiatives and services
Dec 15, 2014 • 61 min
On 5 March 2013 Highland Council ran an event to share stories about the positive impact of local community initiatives and services. Moira Paton of NHS Highland opened the event by setting the context before keynote speaker, Angela Catley of Community…
037-Recovery 2020: A vision achieved? SRN 5th National Gathering
Dec 15, 2014 • 26 min
On 18 March 2013, IRISS.FM attended the 5th Scottish Recovery Network National Gathering, on the theme of Recovery 2020: A vision achieved? It featured a number of short presentations (in Pecha Kucha format) by representatives of various mental health…
036-Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Dec 15, 2014 • 42 min
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder affects many of our looked after, accommodated and adopted children. This complex and emotive topic was explored at a Scottish Attachment in Action seminar held in Edinburgh on 22 February 2013. We asked Paul Gilroy, Chair…
035-New technologies and child protection
Dec 15, 2014 • 36 min
On 1st March 2013, IRISS.FM attended the ‘New technologies and child protection’ conference which was held at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan. It was hosted by WithScotland in partnership with the Criminal Justice Social Work Development Centre…
034-Self directed support:follow-up evaluation of SDS test sites in Scotland
Dec 15, 2014 • 19 min
The 10-year national plan for self-directed support aims to bring SDS into the mainstream of social care and increase the number of people directing their own support. In 2009, the Scottish Government selected three local authorities - Glasgow, Dumfries…
033-Aspire Scotland. Educating looked after young people
Dec 15, 2014 • 19 min
Aspire Scotland provides high quality residential care and education for children and young people aged between eight and seventeen. Aspire Education is based in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, in a converted cinema which is also home to a number of community…
032-Widening access to higher education for looked after young people
Dec 15, 2014 • 57 min
On 25th January 2013 the Centre for Learning Enhancement and Academic development at Glasgow Caldonian University and CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland) joined forces to review progress in relation to supporting…
031-Taking the first steps
Dec 15, 2014 • 29 min
Taking the First Steps, a project than ran during the summer of 2012, was designed to introduce people to the processes involved in self directed support in a way that felt safe and not risky. A number of children and families in Highland, West…
030-‘At Home Abroad’ Exhibition
Dec 15, 2014 • 34 min
On 12 December 2012, IRISS.FM visited the ‘At Home Abroad’ exhibition, which was being held at the Scotland Street School Museum in Glasgow. The exhibition opened in December 2012 and runs until the end of January 2013 and is housed at the Scotland Street…
029-Video enhanced reflective practice
Dec 15, 2014 • 41 min
Robin Sen of the University of Sheffield describes the use of Video Enhanced Reflective Practice to support improved communication and reflective practice amongst newly qualified child and family social workers. The lecture was recorded on 25th October…
028-Media and the criminal courts in Scotland
Dec 15, 2014 • 27 min
James Doleman started blogging during the Tommy Sheridan trial in 2006. At a seminar organised by Strathclyde University’s Centre for Law, Crime and Justice, he talked about why social media in criminal courts should be seen as an opportunity rather than…
027-SASW MHO of the Year Award – Liz Snodgrass
Dec 15, 2014 • 22 min
Liz Snodgrass from Renfrewshire became the first winner of the SASW MHO of the Year Award in memory of Wilma MacDonald, a highly respected and loved MHO from the East End of Glasgow who died in 2009. Liz has been a social worker for many years and a…
026-Who’s Leading? Social media in the workplace
Dec 15, 2014 • 25 min
Scotland’s ambition to become ‘digital by default’ is hampered by firewall policies which are set to ‘access blocked by default’. As part of Social Media Week 2012, Iriss joined forces with the Improvement Service to run a discussion forum on who should…
025-Keeping an eye on the child
Dec 15, 2014 • 34 min
Professor Brigid Daniel’s keynote address to the 2012 SCOPT (Scottish Organisation for Practice Teaching) annual conference offered a positive and optimistic view of social work as new entrants bring fresh perspectives. Students, in general, are curious…
024-Protecting people through partnerships: WithScotland Conference
Dec 15, 2014 • 22 min
On 25th October 2012, WithScotland (formerly SCCPN and MARS) held its first national conference under its new name on the subject of ‘Protecting people through partnerships’. IRISS.FM spoke to a number of the speakers, including Tom Wood, Chair of East…
023-Assets-based approaches to intervention
Dec 15, 2014 • 34 min
Asset-based approaches tap into and mobilise the human capital that exists in people and communities to create strong social and community networks. The approach puts emphasis on developing people strengths rather than concentrating on their needs. IRISS…
022-Growing up in Scotland (GUS)
Dec 15, 2014 • 14 min
An overview of the Growing Up in Scotland (GUS) study, which captures a picture of what life is like for children in Scotland, and the different pathways that children take as they grow up. The study tracks several groups of children through their lives…
021-Involving young people: messages from research
Dec 15, 2014 • 53 min
Helen Whincup, Teaching Fellow at the University of Stirling, reflects on a qualitative study of young people and their feelings about how they are involved, or not, in assessment and decision making. It was recorded at a Scottish Child Care and…
020-How prevalent is child abuse and neglect?
Dec 15, 2014 • 58 min
Reflecting on research findings and controversies, Lorraine Radford addressed a meeting of Scottish Child Care and Protection Network on 27 April 2012. She posed a number of questions, including: Are children’s lives getting worse? Is there any evidence…
019-Exploring bipolar disorder through theatre
Dec 15, 2014 • 11 min
Piece of Mind is a documentary dance theatre performance devised by Vanessa Coffey and based on interviews with people between the ages of 15 and 25 who had been diagnosed bipolar. It was performed during the 2012 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film…
018-Women’s imprisonment: Is there a better way?
Dec 15, 2014 • 25 min
This discussion on whether women’s imprisonment is the best way to deal with female offenders and the possible alternatives features Gill McIvor, Professor of Criminology, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research; Mary Belgan, Service Manager, 218…
017-Evaluating the Choose Life North Lanarkshire awareness programme
Dec 15, 2014 • 61 min
Dr Mark Robinson, his team at Leeds Metropolitan University, consultants from MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow and Men’s Health Forum Scotland, were appointed to conduct an evaluation of the Choose Life awareness campaign in North…
016-Lessons from a scoping study on disabled children and child protection
Dec 15, 2014 • 9 min
Professor Stalker undertook an eight month scoping study, involving an international literature review, interviews with ten key informants from England and Scotland, guided conversations with four disabled children and some policy analysis. The review…
015-Attachment focused therapy for children and young people
Dec 15, 2014 • 32 min
Dyadic developmental psychotherapy is an approach that is gaining momentum in Scotland as an effective intervention for children and young people in residential care, who are adopted or are in foster care or children have experienced abuse, neglect or…
014-Revealing Lives: Children and young people’s experiences of parental alcohol problems
Dec 15, 2014 • 14 min
Dr Louise Hill describes her qualitative research study on children young people affected by parental alcohol problems. Around 65,000 children and young people in Scotland are living with a parent or carer with an alcohol problem. The study involved…
013-Cost effective learning in the workplace
Dec 15, 2014 • 16 min
Releasing front line staff for training can be expensive and can cause operational difficulties. In addition, the effectiveness of classroom style training is open to question. When Keith Quinn, Senior Education and Workforce Development Adviser with the…
012-Mixed methods research and design: Their development and use
Dec 15, 2014 • 66 min
Julia Brannen, Professor of the Sociology of the Family at the University of London, Institute of Education, is a leading international scholar in the fields of family life, work life and intergenerational issues. In this lecture at the Glasgow School of…
011-Food and food practices in residential care
Dec 15, 2014 • 13 min
Food and eating can be used in powerfully symbolic ways to communicate and express and manage a whole range of feelings, behaviours and relationships. While working on her PhD on how young people in residential care formed friends and peer relationships,…
010-Social media and social work practice
Dec 15, 2014 • 18 min
In April 2012, a team from Iriss took part in an international workshop on evidence-informed practice in County Cavan, Ireland. Following the workshop, Iriss’s Ian Watson was invited to spend a couple of weeks in Toronto working with PART (Practice and…
009-Social Worker of the Year, Sandy Watt
Dec 15, 2014 • 25 min
In spring 2012 the Scottish Association of Social Work awarded the title Social Worker of the Year to Sandy Watt, a senior mental health officer and practice teacher with North Lanarkshire Council. In this episode Sandy talks to Iriss’s Rikke Iversholt…
008-Care Accolades 2012
Dec 15, 2014 • 32 min
On 22 June 2012, IRISS.FM attended the ninth Care Accolades ceremony, to interview some of those involved in the inspiring projects nominated in the ten categories of award. Nearly 220 people gathered for the ceremony in Perth, attended by Minister for…
007-Permanence panel: Part two
Dec 15, 2014 • 29 min
This mock Adoption and Permanence Panel considers the case of nine month old Douglas who is being considered for adoption. All characters are fictional although the facts of the case are drawn from real cases. The recording provides insight into the…
006-Permanence panel: Part one
Dec 15, 2014 • 36 min
This mock Adoption and Permanence Panel considers the case of nine month old Douglas who is being considered for adoption. All characters are fictional although the facts of the case are drawn from real cases. The recording provides insight into the…
005-Self directed support: North Lanarkshire demonstrator project
Dec 15, 2014 • 14 min
During the summer of 2012 North Lanarkshire Council is taking part in a self directed support demonstration project in which 20 families will each receive a budget of £200 to spend on something that will make a difference to their lives. Following an…
004-Emotions in social work practice
Dec 15, 2014 • 15 min
Richard Ingram, a lecturer in Social Work at the University of Dundee, is completing a PhD on “Emotions in Social Work Practice”. He has recently published a paper in the British Journal of Social Work looking at the role of emotional intelligence in…
003-Empathy and emotional intelligence
Dec 15, 2014 • 70 min
Professor David Howe, one of the UK’s leading social work academics, talks about how attachment theory is informed by research and how this translates into practice, and why attachment is a key element in effective and appropriate practice. This episode…
002-Discovering desistance
Dec 15, 2014 • 20 min
Claire Lightowler (Iriss) hosts a discussion at the second of two workshops held in Glasgow on 16 May as part of the desistance knowledge exchange. The knowledge exchange workshops are part of a project funded by the ESRC involving Iriss, Scottish Centre…
001-Birth family contact. Continuity or contamination?
Dec 15, 2014 • 8 min
Mary McKenna interviews Barbara Godden about her experience of contact with the birth family of her adopted children, now in their teens. Mary is an independent social work consultant. Barbara is member of the SAIA committee, works with Adoption UK and is…