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Post Adoption Central Support (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…
Fearless, the national support service for survivors of domestic abuse in Scotland has launched a new website. The site www.fearless.scot offers information and resources on the service and allows users to make a referral online. The service works with survivors of domestic abuse over 16 years old of all races,…
Facebook is training its computers to become seeing-eye guides for blind and visually impaired people as they scroll through the pictures posted on the world's largest online social network. The feature rolling out on Facebook's iPhone and iPad apps interprets what's in a picture using a form of artificial intelligence…
The Nursing Times and Care England have launched a new microsite for nurses working in the care sector. The website provides a community hub for nurses working in the sector, and provides an opportunity for care homes and care providers to share best practice. The five teaching care homes –…
If you would like to create visual presentations and infographics but haven’t formal training or skills in using tools like Photoshop or Indesign, Visme can help. Visme is a web tool that enables the easy creation of presentations and infographics - a way to translate and communicate ideas and messages…
The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory has been set up to provide better information about the health and health care of people with learning disabilities and people with autism in Scotland. SLDO will generate and translate information into knowledge, that is designed to inform actions, practice and policy to benefit people…
A new app which will help GPs, pharmacists and other health professionals with referrals for patients suspected of having cancer has been launched. The app, developed with health professionals and patients, is available to download for free via the Apple and Google app stores. It features a quick reference guide…
The Youth and Criminal Justice in Scotland: the young person’s journey is an online resource that aims to simplify how the youth and criminal justice system works for under 18s in Scotland. Developed by Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) in partnership with Iriss and in consultation with a…
The NSPCC has launched a long-term campaign, IT’s Time, to raise awareness of the barriers abused children face getting help to rebuild their lives and call for more therapeutic services to meet their specific needs. The campaign website is calling for: increased funding for support services for children who've suffered…
Pilotlight, an Iriss project, works with co-design teams of people who use and deliver services across Scotland to design pathways to self-directed support (SDS). Using a design approach, it aims to demonstrate how to design support for seldom heard groups, provide more personalised and appropriate services, and increase the marketplace…
The Health Literacy Place website supports health and social care staff across Scotland to collaborate with patients, service-users and carers, to enable them to navigate services, and access and understand information about their health and wellbeing. It provides staff with tools, techniques, learning resources and evidence to help them work…
The performance of care homes in England can now be compared on a NHS website. Families can leave reviews in the style of the travel website TripAdvisor and also see star ratings. Homes are listed with details including the size of the home, its food hygiene rating, annual staff turnover…
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