Social work and IRISS

Now here is post number two – at this rate I will be really used to this ‘blogging thing’ quite soon!

I got home from a pretty difficult day at work, my diary had gone out the window and one of my families had been annoyed that I could not drop everything while I was in Glasgow yesterday, so refused to see me today!  A quick check of school/nursery/health visitor tells me that the crisis is not really so bad, not really a crisis at all in fact.  Any C&F social worker reading this will be oozing sympathy right now and nodding in total understanding.

Now, I want to put on my IRISS hat – the online survey had an amazing 185 responses, so if you were one of the participants, thank you.  I am now looking at arranging focus groups with Vivien from IRISS and we are in the unexpected position that we will not be able to include everyone who has volunteered to take part.  We will be getting in touch with people next week.

This project is beginning to feel very real and quite scary too.  I am taking part in a presentation on Wednesday, Terry Murphy is coming from Western Australia to talk about implementing Signs of Safety.  He was the Director General of Department of Child Protection there until earlier this year and now works full time with Prof. Eileen Munro and Andrew Turnell.  I first met him when I went to Western Australia thanks to the Kay Carmichael Travel Award in 2012.  East Lothian is doing a presentation about how we are implementing Signs of Safety and I have a 10 minute slot to talk about the previous evaluation and this project.  I love doing the project but having to present to lots of people……