About the social service workforce

In September 2005 it became mandatory for social workers to register with the SSSC. Social work students are also required to register with the SSSC.

Since 2004 other social service workers have been invited to register with the SSSC and from 2009 required registration has been introduced for specific groups of workers.

The Register is qualification based and applicants must satisfy a number of criteria for registration and meet the SSSC's post registration training and learning (PRTL) requirements. Registrants are expected to meet agreed standards of conduct, practice, education and training.

Those registered with the SSSC must abide by the SSSC Code of Practice for Social Service Workers.

About the SSSC and the Care Inspectorate

Both bodies were set up under the same legislation but with different roles in the drive to improve standards of care in Scotland:

  • the Care Inspectorate regulates and inspects service provision
  • the SSSC regulates and registers the social service workforce and its education and training.

image of SSSC Data Website

Did you know?

  • There are more than 200,000 people working in the social care, early years and young people's workforce in Scotland.
  • More than half a million people in Scotland receive care services at any one time.
  • Social workers and social work degree and postgraduate students must be registered with the SSSC.
  • The SSSC also registers residential child care workers, day care of children workers, workers in care home services for adults and managers of day care services for adults, housing support services and care at home services.

You can find the latest information and statistics for Scotland's social services on our data website.