Iriss is a charity that has supported the social services workforce in Scotland since 2008. Our work involves working with people and services across the sector — local authority, third sector and private — to improve the knowledge and skills of the workforce and ultimately, improve the quality of social services. By improving services we improve the lives of people across Scotland. The majority of our work is funded by the Scottish Government.
Our mission is to build the capacity and capability of the Scottish social services workforce, to access and make use of knowledge and evidence-informed practice, for service improvement.
Our vision is for a high quality, continually improving social services sector renowned for its effective use of knowledge and research-informed practice.
- We want to ensure the workforce has the knowledge, tools and skills to effectively use evidence
- We seek to embed a culture of collaboration — where individuals and organisations in the sector are supported and inspired to work together to improve services.
For more information on IRISS please visit our website - www.iriss.org.uk
The Scottish Social Services Council
We are the regulator for the social work, social care and early years workforce in Scotland.
Our work means the people of Scotland can count on social work, social care and early years services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce.
We offer a wide range of information and free learning resources to support your continuous professional learning. Have a look at the links below.
Information for newly qualified social workers
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SASW is the Scottish group of The British Association of Social Workers (BASW). BASW is the UK’s professional membership organisation for social work. We are the independent voice of social work. We champion social work and help members achieve the highest professional standards.
For more information on SASW please visit our website - www.basw.co.uk/what-we-do/around-uk/scotland and for membership information visit here - www.basw.co.uk/membership/join-basw
The University of Stirling
The University of Stirling 2nd in the UK for Social Work (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021). We offer a number of course for students to help develop and provide the necessary practical skills for professional practice as a social worker.
MSc Applied Professional Studies
You may have just qualified … At some point you’ll be looking for further study options. At Stirling University we have our MSc/PGDip/ PG Cert in Applied Professional Studies. It has five specialist pathways:
- Adult Services, Support and Protection,
- Advanced Practice Skills (Child Welfare and Protection),
- Child Welfare and Protection,
- Management and Leadership in Social Services
- Social Work Practice Education
Employers across Scotland have fully funded students to undertake certificates on all our pathways. The attraction of our MSc. ‘shell’ is that you can build up to a MSc. over a period of time.
Learn more on our programme website
MSc Social Work Studies
This is an integrated academic and professional course which develops the intellectual and practical skills necessary for professional practice as a social worker.
We promote an understanding of social work which is informed by social justice and human rights, a profession that acknowledges the links between 'public issues' and 'private troubles' and seeks to address both. We value social work practice that has prevention at its heart and recognises the importance of collective approaches, actively engaging with and learning from user movements.
Our course is taught by qualified social workers including world leaders in their research field, and academics who maintain close connections with practice. You'll experience inspirational contributions to teaching by people who have used social work services, as well as from practicing social workers.
You’ll enjoy the benefits of smaller class sizes with creative approaches to teaching and assessment as well as detailed feedback on your progress. On your practice placements, you’ll be supported and assessed by Practice Educators who are qualified or undertaking their Practice Educator training.
At the end of your studies, you’ll qualify as a social worker who is knowledgeable, skilled, analytical and ethical in your approach to working with individuals, families, groups and communities. The postgraduate qualification in Social Work Studies is accredited by the Scottish Social Services Council and is recognised throughout the UK.
Learn more on the course page