Care at home and housing support - getting ready to register
The Register will open for workers in care at home and housing support services on 2 October 2017.
With around 45,000 workers expected to register, it’s the biggest ever group of workers to register with us and we want to help employers and managers plan to get their workers ready for registration.
Not sure which workers have to register?
Here’s a link to a definition of a worker in a care at home service and a definition of a worker in a housing support service.
When do staff have to register by?
We are encouraging staff to apply for registration as early as possible to avoid a last minute rush.
Any new member of staff, for example, someone who has never worked in the sector before, and is not registered with another regulatory body, must achieve registration within six months of starting employment. This will apply to any new member of staff, in care at home services and housing support services, who starts employment after 2 October 2017.
You must make sure that your employees are registered where required otherwise you may be committing an offence.
Tools and information to help you
This is our series of monthly newsletters to help you get ready for and manage the registration of your support workers when the new parts of our Register for workers in care at home and housing support services open on Monday 2 October 2017.
This is a PowerPoint presentation about the SSSC that you can use at staff meetings or inductions to explain who the SSSC is and about registration.
This spreadsheet helps you to see when the best time for your staff to register is. It looks at when employees started work, if they need a qualification, if they have a criminal conviction etc.
The registration leaflet gives you information about supporting your employees to get registered.
You can use MySSSC for employers to check if your employees have applied to register, are due to pay a fee etc.
This year the Voluntary Sector Development Funding (VSDF) is for workers in care at home and housing support. Apply by 1 September 2017 to get support with costs for staff gaining qualifications for SSSC registration.
There are also other funding options available for workers to help them complete a qualification for registration.
Tools and information for your employees
Workers can make sure they have the right information ready when they are applying for registration by completing our handy form. Workers can apply to register from 2 October 2017. To make sure your staff have the right information you could always fill in part of the form, such as part of the Register to apply for, Care Inspectorate care service number and countersignatory details.
Read and share our case studies with your employees to dispel any worries they may have about starting their qualification.
Materials to support you and your staff with registration
Use our information materials to help raise awareness among your staff that they can register from 2 October 2017. Download the material or order more copies using the form below.
- Postcard: Step to it – it’s time to register with the SSSC
- Poster: Step to it – it’s time to register with the SSSC
- Leaflet: Your registration with the SSSC – a guide to getting started
- Leaflet: What does it mean to be fit to practise?
- Postcard for employers: How to support your staff to register with the SSSC
- Small leaflet: Code of Practice for Social Service Workers