About us

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is responsible for registering people who work in social services and regulating their education and training.

Our role is to raise standards of practice, strengthen and support the workforce and increase the protection of people who use services. Our vision is a competent, confident workforce, capable of delivering high quality services that has the confidence of the public, those who use services and their carers. We put service users and carers at the centre of everything we do.

What we do:

  • set up registers of key groups of social service staff
  • publish Codes of Practice for all social service workers and their employers
  • regulate the training and education of the workforce
  • promote education and training
  • undertake the functions of the sector skills council; Skills for Care and Development, this includes workforce planning and development.

About the social service workforce

There are over 191,000 social service workers in Scotland today working in a range of settings with a variety of different people who use services. Social service workers include people working in social work and social care, such as care home services for adults and children/young people in the community and early years settings such as nurseries or out of school care clubs.

Registration

The SSSC registers key groups of Scotland's social service workers. Registration of these workers has an important role in improving safeguards for people using services and increasing public confidence in the sector.

SSSC Codes of Practice

The SSSC's Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers sets out the standards social workers, social care, early years and young people's workers and their employers should meet. By setting out clear standards of conduct for workers, people who use services know what they can expect from their workers.

What does the SSSC mean to me?

Everyone in Scotland will use social services at some time in their lives whether it's you that uses a care service, or a family member, such as your child going to nursery or a parent living in a care home.

The SSSC, as the workforce regulator, has a responsibility to plan for a workforce able to meet future demand. Over the next five years over 50,000 social service workers will register with the SSSC for the first time. This will lead to a trained and qualified workforce with the potential to transform social services.

Workforce development and planning, registration and the involvement of people who use services and carers adds value to services and benefits the sector and makes sure that people receive effective services from a safe and skilled workforce.

Who's who in the SSSC

Professor James McGoldrick Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive

Professor James McGoldrick
Convener

Anna Fowlie
Chief Executive

SSSC Organisation Chart

Jennifer's story

Click here to watch a video about Jennifer and her carers.

Everyone in Scotland will use social services at some time in their lives whether it's you that uses a care service, or a family member, such as your child going to nursery or a parent living in a care home.