Welcome to the SSSC

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is the regulator for the social service workforce in Scotland. Our work means the people of Scotland can count on social services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce. We protect the public by registering social service workers, setting standards for their practice, conduct, training and education and by supporting their professional development. Where people fall below the standards of practice and conduct we can investigate and take action.

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18 December 2015
20 November 2015

Codes of Practice and fitness to practise consultation

Current consultations and surveys

The consultation on the revised Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers and the implementation of a fitness to practise approach to regulation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded.

We received a good level of response from a range of individuals and organisations. About 53% of those who responded were social service workers and included workers from the public, private and voluntary sectors and across services for adults and children. We also heard from employers, employer representative groups, unions, educators, professional bodies and other regulators.

Some key points from the feedback on the revised Codes of Practice

  • Suggestions for guidance or resources that could help people meet their responsibilities through the Codes of Practice.
  • Important to raise awareness of the Codes of Practice with those involved in commissioning and procurement.
  • Change to first person: ‘I will’ rather than ‘you must’.

View the full feedback from the consultation.

Some key points from the feedback on the move to fitness to practise

  • The need for clarity and guidance to explain the changes.
  • Queries about the availability of support and advice available to stakeholders and who might provide this, particularly around health referrals.
  • Concerns were raised about the resource implications for employers who may need to change processes or carry out training. Some employers thought there may be possible legal implications and were concerned that the new model might compromise their own processes.
  • Some comments suggested a lack of understanding about the role of the regulator and the fact that it is independent of the employer.
  • Making sure the model would not result in discrimination and some concerns about the impact on those living with mental illness or disability, older workers and pregnant women
  • Avoid barriers to new people joining the profession, particularly in light of the recruitment difficulties in some sectors.

View the full feedback from the consultation.

Next steps

Codes of Practice – the final version will be assessed for plain English before going to Scottish Government for final approval. The new version is due to be launched alongside the new fitness to practise model of regulation in late autumn 2016. 

Move to fitness to practise - in late spring/early summer we will hold a consultation to get your views on the new draft Registration and Fitness to Practise Rules and the revised guide on the outcomes following a fitness to practise process.  

If you have any queries please email us on consultations@sssc.uk.com

 

 

 

 

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