The social service workforce

Our role is to raise standards of practice, strengthen and support social service workers and increase the protection of people who use services. This includes developing a confident and competent social service workforce.

There are over 203,200 people working in social services across Scotland. This workforce includes social care workers, social workers, social work students and early years workers. They work across a range of care services, in residential and day centres, community facilities and in people’s homes. We are responsible for registering the workforce, making sure that they meet the standards set out in the SSSC Codes of Practice

Most people will come into contact with social services at some time in their lives. It might be you or a family member that uses a care service, such as your child going to nursery or parent living in a care home. You’ll know how important a quality care service can be.