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Other Inspirational Organisations

CELCIS - Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland

CELCIS came from SIRCC the Scottish Institute of Residential Child Care which had a long and successful history of providing training, research, consultancy and a constant space for the residential child care sector. If you click on the link above you will be taken directly to a growing series of interesting blogs developed by the organisation.


Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) 

“IRISS is a charitable company with a mission to:

…promote positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland’s social services by enhancing the capacity and capability of the social services workforce to access and make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and improvement.


To realise our vision of a high quality, continually improving social services sector, renowned for its effective use of knowledge and research-based innovation, our work is organised into three inter-related programmes:

     -    Evidence-informed practice

     -    Innovation and improvement

     -    Knowledge media


We support people to use what works, try out new ideas, and embed new ways of working.

For policy makers, we:

     -    Encourage 'doing things differently' to bring about cultural change in organisations in order to improve outcomes for people who

          use social services

     -    Promote evidence-informed, decision-based policy

     -    Aim to influence policy to create a social services workforce that embraces change and uses knowledge and evidence more



For practitioners, we:

     -    Support the workforce to develop their skills, learning and development

     -    Provide resources that will help practitioners save time and improve efficiency

     -    Support and advise the workforce on how to work in new ways.”


International Child and Youth Care Network - CYC-Net

This is a great resource and network to tap into. Their constitution states:

"It's main objectives are (primarily through the internet and electronic media) – “to promote and facilitate reading, learning, information sharing, discussion, networking, support and accountable practice amongst all who work with children, youth and families in difficulty.”


Oral History Society

"Oral history is the recording of people's memories, experiences and opinions. It is:

    -    A living history of everyone's unique life experiences

    -    An opportunity for those people who have been 'hidden from history' to have their voice heard

    -    A rare chance to talk about and record history face-to-face

    -    A source of new insights and perspectives that may challenge our view of the past.


The Oral History Society promotes the collection, preservation and use of recorded memories and plays a key role in facilitating and developing the use of oral history. If you are interested in working with oral history you should join the only organisation in Britain and Northern Ireland that supports and debates such activities."


Scottish Attachment in Action

"Scottish Attachment In Action would like the Scottish Government to consider a new programme of attachment-based developments (including preventative measures, parental and professional education and both assessment and intervention tools) to improve interaction between children and their caregivers, which could have a major impact across the whole of Scottish Society.


Scottish Attachment In Action aims to:

    -    promote positive experiences of attachment in Scotland;

    -    advocate for attachment theory and practice to be a fundamental element of the education of all professionals;

    -    develop training opportunities on attachment;

    -    advance effective attachment-informed practice;

    -    develop, promote and disseminate research into attachment."


Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)  

“The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) improves the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works. We are a leading improvement support agency and an independent charity working with adults’, families’ and children's care and support services across the UK. We also work closely with related services such as health care and housing. We improve the quality of care and support services for adults and children by:

       -    identifying and sharing knowledge about what works and what’s new

       -    supporting people who plan, commission, deliver and use services to put that knowledge into practice

       -    informing, influencing and inspiring the direction of future practice and policy.


This vision is underpinned by the way we work which is:

       -    Co productive and collaborative:  We co-produce our work with people who use services and their carers to identify what works

            and how that knowledge can be put into practice. We promote equality and value diversity and human rights. We collaborate with

            partners to influence future policy and practice, and to increase our reach and impact.

       -    Innovative and customer-focused:  We meet the changing needs of our diverse audiences and customers with new and better

            services and  products that support the delivery of high quality services.

       -    Enterprising and expert: We seek new opportunities to promote our knowledge and skills throughout the care and support and

            other sectors. Our work is based on a rigorous approach to identifying good and developing practice.”


Who Cares? Scotland (WC?S)

“Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation - established in 1978 - providing a range of advocacy, advice and support services across Scotland for children and young people with experience of care up to the age of 25. Who Cares? Scotland has a vision of a Scotland where all children and young people with experience of care are understood, believed in and given every opportunity to thrive. We will work across Scotland with children and young people with experience of care, to help them speak out, secure their rights and ensure their qualities and successes are recognised across society. We will do this by influencing the people, cultures and systems that will positively affect their quality of life.”


Youth Pathways and Transitions

"The research is part of an international study associated with the Resilience Research Centre in Canada. It is funded in NZ by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and is made up of two related projects. Both projects focus on young people with complex needs.


The Pathways to Resilience Research Project

This is a 6 year study looking at what services young people in NZ have used and what their experiences have been. Its aim is to identify services and strategies that are successful in assisting young people to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.


The Youth Transitions Research

This is a longitudinal study that follows youth as they move into adulthood. It explores the strategies they use and their strengths, abilities, plans, relationships and services to help them cope with hard times and to make successful transitions to adulthood.

“’Therapeutic Living With Other People’s Children has been a major archive and oral history project engaging with the history and heritage of residential therapeutic child care between 1930 and 1980. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, between January 2010 and October 2011 the Planned Environment Therapy Trust (PETT) worked with volunteers from five children’s communities to record personal histories, preserve the archives of individuals and communities, and to help people to share and learn about their own, and other people’s heritage. Although the funding has come to an end, the work goes on! The archive and Study Centre welcomes volunteers interested in learning about oral history, sharing their heritage, history and memories, or learning how to care for historical records and archives. Based in Toddington in Gloucestershire, the Planned Environment Therapy Trust’s charitable mission is to support, promote, records, value and celebrate therapeutic work in caring, healing environments, institutions and communities for children, young people and adults, through the use of its Archive and Conference Facilities.”

Planned Environment Therapy Trust

Inspirational Organisation of the Year

Every organisation I have listed below has been at some point an inspiration to me over the years. I have seen them in practice and have enjoyed working with them or being involved in conferences or events that they have led on.


This first box here allows me to give more space to a particular organisation and give depth to the reasons that i find them inspirational.

What an amazing group of people and resource this is. I have been to a number of events and followed their projects as they have emerged and developed over the years. Seeing adult care leavers (former residents/young people in care) and former staff members coming together to build the memory of a community that no longer exits has been truely inspirational. Using archive weekends and training participants in archive methods has enabled a depth of contact and engagement with adult care leavers and former staff members that has not been found anywhere else. This is a small organisation but you wouldn't know it with the amount of things they are involved in and have produced and sustained over the years.