Codes of Practice


Thousands of people throughout Scotland use social services every day and many vulnerable children, adults and older people rely on the professional skills, honesty and integrity of social service workers to provide support at times of difficulty.

The Codes of Practice set a clear benchmark. Building on the sound shared values of the profession and coupled with registration, they will raise standards and increase public protection. They have been developed with the sole aim of promoting the best possible services.

We will take account of the SSSC Code of Practice for Social Service Workers when we investigate complaints about registered workers. Employers also have to take account of the Codes.


Find out what the Codes of Practice mean for:

Download or order your copy

Copies of the Codes of Practice and promotional items can be downloaded or posted to you free of charge:

You can also request the Codes of Practice in alternative formats and languages.

Order Codes of Practice and promotional materials

Order free copies of our Codes of Practice for yourself or your staff and promotional material for people who use your service.

Order free copies of the SSSC Codes of Practice for Social Services Workers and Employers