Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)


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The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) was created under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 by the then Scottish Executive to protect people who use services, raise standards of practice and strengthen and support the professionalism of the workforce. The Act sets out principles, this includes that we will:

  • promote high standards of conduct and practice among social service workers and their education and training
  • maintain a register of social workers, social services workers and social work students
  • remove people from the SSSC Register
  • create and promote the SSSC Codes of Practice
  • approve courses for people who wish to become social workers
  • provide grants and allowances for social service workers’ training.

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The SSSC Register of Social Service Workers (Register) opened on 1 April 2003, with social workers being the first group of workers to register. Since then the Register has grown to include:

  • social work students
  • Care Inspectorate officers
  • workers in residential child care services
  • managers in adult day care services
  • workers in care home services for adults
  • workers in day care of children services
  • workers in school hostels, residential special schools and independent boarding schools
  • workers in housing support services
  • workers in care at home services.

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The SSSC is responsible for registering people who work in social services and regulating their education and training.

The role is to raise the standards of practice by social service workers and increase the protection of people who use social services.

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SSSC, Our vision:

Work means the people of Scotland can count on social services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce.

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We (SSSC):

  • register key groups of social service workers
  • publish the SSSC Codes of Practice for all social service workers and their employers
  • regulate the training and education of the social service workforce
  • promote the difference education and training makes to workers and people who use services
  • undertake the functions of the Sector Skills Council; Skills for Care and Development, this includes workforce planning and development.