Practical learning: achieving excellence in the human services

January 23-25 2008 Edinburgh International Conference Centre

A mentoring model for researching practice in modern child care social work services in Scotland

Keywords: Research into practice, professionalization, mentoring ,early career development for social workers

Authors: Mr Raymond Taylor (Glasgow Centre for the Child and Society); Ms Maggie Mellon (Children 1st)

The paper will share the development and outcomes of an innovative research mentoring programme developed by the Glasgow Centre for the Child and Society and Children Ist; one of Scotland's most influential voluntary organisations.

The paper will focus on the relevance that the programme has for both CPD and service development. The paper will also consider the contribution that this type of initiative can make to the delivery of more effective health and social carte services.

Contribution: Whilst the paper is of relevance to stakeholders engaged with the current Scottish policy agenda the themes which it seeks to address are of relevance to the international community; professionalisation, early career development, care standards and evidence based preactice.

Date: Thursday 24 January 2008, 4.00-4.30

Venue: Carrick One

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Organised by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services in association with PEPE (Practical Experiences in Professional Education).