What if I don't register?

Social workers, social work students and many groups of social service workers are required by law to register with the SSSC if they are not registered with another regulatory body.

If you are new to your role or have recently changed jobs, you only have six months to register from your start date.

Sometimes new roles are added to the Register. If this is the case and it affects you, don’t worry! Your employer should make you aware of this in plenty of time and let you know by what date you have to be registered. You can find out more about roles being added to the Register

If you are not registered within the given timeframe, your employer may be committing an offence if they employ you in this role. Not only may you lose pay while you are not able to work, you may be subject to further action by your employer. Your employer also has the right to refer you to our Fitness to Practise Department. If you are a social work student, you will not be able to continue on your course if you are not registered.

Registering within six months of starting in a new role

Most groups of workers cannot register unless they are working in the role. The law allows new workers to work for six months without being registered. However, you must apply as soon as reasonably possible after you start working in the role.

There are reasons why you might not be registered within six months. Find out more about this in our Frequently Asked Questions about SSSC Registration.

When registration becomes a requirement for a group of workers, Care Inspectorate inspectors will check during their inspections to make sure that employers are following the legislation which makes it an offence to employ someone in a post who isn’t registered to carry out that role. Find out more in our Frequently Asked Questions about SSSC Registration.