About us

We are working to raise standards of practice, strengthen and support the professionalism of the social service workforce and increase the protection of people who use social services.

We register and regulate key groups of social service workers, promote and regulate education and training and raise the standards of practice by social service workers.

There are over 199,000 social service workers in Scotland today, working in a range of settings with a variety of different people who use services. Social service workers include people working in social work and social care, such as care home services for adults and children and young people in the community and early years settings such as nurseries or out of school care clubs.

Our work means the people of Scotland can count on social services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce.

Find out more

You can find out more about us in our about the SSSC section and on SSSC News Online, our online magazine.  You can also view videos about our work on our YouTube channel SSSCTV.  Our videos include information about who we are, what registration means, SSSC Codes of Practice, the difference registration and regulation is making and you can hear people who use services talk about their workers and the difference they make to them in our confidence in care video and much more.

We are the official statistics provider for the social service workforce in Scotland, following approval by the Scottish Parliament in June 2012. Our data website has a great deal of information, tools and visualisations to help employers, organisations, services etc to plan the social service workforce for the future.

Looking to find out more about our conduct hearings?  Visit our what you need to know about conduct hearings page.