Your professional conduct

As a social service worker you must be clear about the standards of practice and behaviour you are expected to meet. You must not behave in a way, in work or outside work, which would call into question your suitability to work in social services.

Social service workers must meet the standards set out in the SSSC Code of Practice for Social Service Workers. To meet the standards in the Code you will:

  • protect and promote the rights and interests of people who use services and carers
  • create and maintain the trust and confidence of people who use services and carers
  • promote the independence of people who use services while protecting them, as far as possible, from danger and harm
  • respect the rights of people who use services, while striving to make sure that their behaviour does not harm themselves or other people
  • uphold public trust and confidence in social services
  • be accountable for the quality of your work and will take responsibility for maintaining and improving your knowledge and skills.

If we do contact you about your fitness to practise you may find our Help and Advice factsheet a helpful source of information about support available.