What the Codes of Practice mean for workers

The Code of Practice for Social Service Workers describe the standards of professional conduct and practice required of social service workers as they go about their daily work. 

The Codes of Practice form part of the wider package of legislation, practice standards and employers' policies and procedures that social service workers must meet.  Social service workers are responsible for making sure that their conduct does not fall below the standards set out and that no action or omission on their part harms the well being of service users.

Social service workers must:

  • protect the rights and promote the interests of service users and carers
  • strive to establish and maintain the trust and confidence of service users and carers
  • promote the independence of service users while protecting them as far as possible from danger or harm
  • respect the rights of service users while seeking to ensure that their behaviour does not harm themselves or other people
  • uphold public trust and confidence in social services
  • be accountable for the quality of their work and take responsibility for maintaining and improving their knowledge and skills.

The SSSC expects social service workers to meet the Codes of Practice and may take action if registered workers fail to do so.

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