Scottish Social Services Council

The Scottish Social Services Council is responsible for raising standards in the country's social service workforce.

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) was established in October 2001 by the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act and is responsible for registering people who work in the social services and regulating their education and training.




The Register of Social Service Workers opened on 1 April 2003, with social workers being the first group of workers to register. In 2014 there are now 60,000 workers on the register.[1]

The following social service workers will already be or will have to be registered with the SSSC in the future:

Codes of Practice

The Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers is a list of statements that describe the standards of professional conduct and practice required of social service workers as they go about their daily work. The revised Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers came into effect on 1 November 2016. The Codes set out the standards of practice and behaviour expected of social service workers and their employers.

The main changes in the updated codes reflect the SSSC move from a misconduct model to a fitness to practice model of regulation, and the inclusion of a duty of candour.[2]

See also


  1. "About the SSSC: What is the SSSC: Our history". Scottish Social Services Council. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  2. "What are the SSSC Codes of Practice". Scottish Social Services Council. Retrieved 28 November 2016.

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