Having your application endorsed and supporting documents verified

Endorsement of applications

All applications for registration are endorsed so that we can be assured that the information supplied to us is correct and there aren’t any issues which may affect your suitability to register with us.

Your application must be endorsed by a countersignatory from the organisation you are employed by. There are a few exceptions to this, please click on the following links to see who can endorse your application based on the part of the Register you are applying for:

student social worker
newly qualified social worker
social worker
all social service workers.

When completing your application using our online service MySSSC you must pick a countersignatory for your organisation who will endorse your application form electronically. If you are unsure who should endorse your application please speak with your employer.

Part of your endorsement includes confirming a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check has been completed. It is the employer’s responsibility to carry out a PVG check however we may carry out a PVG check if you are:

  • a social work student
  • self-employed
  • an unemployed social worker
  • applying for registration and your employer has not run a PVG check
  • the owner of the organisation and there is no one senior to you, or if you are not the owner but there is no one senior who is not a relative or friend.

In these circumstances we will carry out a full £59 PVG check paid by the person applying for registration, except for social work students. We cannot accept PVG details carried out by the Care Inspectorate.

Verifying supporting documents

You may need to provide supporting documents with your application, for example, a copy of a qualification certificate. Do not send original documents to us as the original must be seen by the person endorsing your application or someone your organisation has identified as suitable to verify documents, eg a line manager. By uploading and submitting these with your application we accept that the originals have been seen and the person endorsing your application will confirm this.

If you are sending supporting documents separately from your application the endorser or line manager must view the original then sign, date and print their name on the copies.  The verified copies can be uploaded through MySSSC or sent by post.

Once registered you may be asked to supply supporting documents, for example:

  • a copy of a qualification certificate to show you have met a condition of your registration
  • a copy of a marriage certificate, birth certificate or deed poll if you wish to change your name on our Register.

Do not send original documents as a countersignatory for your organisation needs to view the original document and then upload a copy through the employers section of MySSSC. If submitting a verified copy through your personal MySSSC account the original document must be seen by a countersignatory for your organisation who will sign, date and print their name on the copy.  This can be uploaded through MySSSC or sent by post.

 

Document to be provided

Application stage

During Registration Period

Renewal stage

Identification documents

Note - Only required if PVG is being carried out by SSSC

(include photo ID and proof of address)

Line manager or countersignatory*

Not required

Not required

Qualification certificates

Line manager or countersignatory*

Countersignatory

 

Countersignatory

Any other change of detail documents (e.g. change of name deed, marriage certificate)

Line manager or countersignatory*

Countersignatory

Countersignatory

*If documents sent or uploaded separately to your personal MySSSC account these documents must be signed and dated by the person who is verifying the documents.