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
Non-departmental public body overview
Formed2001 (2001)
HeadquartersCompass House
11 Riverside Drive
Dundee, DD1 4NY

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.


  • to protect those who use services
  • to raise standards of practice
  • to strengthen and support the professionalism of the workforce


  • to set up registers of key groups of social service staff
  • to publish Codes of Practice for social service workers and employers
  • to regulate the training and education of the workforce
  • to promote education and training
  • to undertake the function of Skills for Care and Development.


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:

  • social workers
  • students on the social work honours degree and postgraduate programmes
  • Care Commission officers
  • all workers in residential child care services (this includes managers, supervisors and workers)
  • managers of care home services for adults
  • managers of adult day care services
  • all workers in day care of children services
  • all workers in school care accommodation services
  • all other workers in care home services for adults
  • all workers in housing support services
  • managers of care at home services.

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. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  2. "What are the SSSC Codes of Practice". Scottish Social Services Council. Retrieved 28 November 2016.

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