You can find the new Rules, guidance and forms in the related publications to the right of this page.

SSSC Rules and decisions guidance

These documents set out how we carry out our regulatory function and provide guidance to decision makers on when to apply the different sanctions available to them. 

The SSSC Fitness to Practise Rules 2016

The Fitness to Practise Rules 2016 set out how we will investigate and hold hearings when there is an allegation that a worker’s fitness to practise is impaired. They cover registered workers and people applying to register. 

The Scottish Social Services Council (Registration) (No.2) Rules 2016

The Scottish Social Services Council (Registration) (No.2) Rules 2016 set out how we keep the public Register and the general procedure for applying for registration and coming off the Register. 

The Decisions Guidance

The Decisions Guidance helps decision makers (SSSC staff and Panels) reach fair and proportionate decisions, ensures consistency and transparency and helps those going through the process to understand how decisions are made.

Referrals guidance and forms

Here you can find out when and how to make a referral and the form to use if you are an employer, a Higher Education Institution, a member of the public or a colleague.

Employer Referral Guidance

The Employer Referral Guidance helps employers to know what to refer to us and when, and guides them in completing the referral form.

Employers Referral Form

This is the form employers should use when referring a worker to us.

Higher Education Institution Referral Guidance

The Higher Education Institution Referral Guidance helps universities, colleges and training providers to know what to refer to us and when, and guides them in completing the referral form.

Higher Education Institutions Referral Form

This is the form universities, colleges and training providers should use when referring a student to us.

Member of the public making a complaint about a worker guidance

The member of the public Referral Guidance helps people who use services, carers and the general public to know what to refer to us and when, and guides them in completing the referral form.

Member of the public making a complaint about a worker form

This is the form people who use services, carers and the general public should use when referring a worker to us.

Raising a concern about a colleague guidance

This guidance helps workers to know what to refer to us and when, and guides them in completing the referral form.

Raising a concern about a colleague form

This is the form that workers should use when referring a colleague to us.

Fitness to Practise Factsheets

Our factsheets help workers to understand the fitness to practise process from investigation through to outcome. All the factsheets are in our multimedia library.

Hearings Guide

A guide to the hearings process. This is being developed.

Thresholds Policy

The Thresholds Policy sets out what referrals we will and will not consider. 

Thresholds Policy

Public Information Policy

We publish information about our hearings in advance on the website. This includes details of the allegations. Health and other sensitive information may be withheld.  

SSSC Public Information Policy

The Public Information Policy sets out what information we publish, what we don’t and why.