Sector skills council

Skills for Care and Development (SfC&D) is the sector skills council (SSC) for people providing social work, social care and children’s services in the UK. Their ambition is:

“for a world-class workforce; one that fosters economic growth and sustainable communities across the UK. This will be reached through progressive high impact social work, social care and services for children.”

Our SSC is a partnership of four organisations:

  • Care Council for Wales
  • Northern Ireland Social Care Council
  • Skills for Care in England
  • Scottish Social Services Council.

The SSSC undertakes the functions of the SSC in Scotland. We work in partnership with employers in Scotland to develop the social service workforce and invest in workforce planning.

Our work

Our work as a sector skills council includes:

National Occupational Standards - we develop national occupational standards which underpin qualifications for registration with partners from SfC&D. These standards outline the skills, knowledge and understanding that employers have told us are necessary for an effective workforce.

Funding - we also receive occasional funding for projects that will help to support our employers and their workforce. With the funding we have received we have:

  • developed a career guidance tool A question of care which is used across the UK care sector
  • rolled out the use of mobile technology which allows employers to do specific on the job training of staff in specific skills such as safe administration of medication and funding to develop a system of Care Ambassadors across Scotland.

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has responsibility for monitoring the performance of each SSC. The UKCES provided the UK partnership with initial funding to develop skills in the use of assistive technology in the workforce although this work is at an early stage.

Skills for Care and Development infographic