We provide support, guidance and advice to education and training providers to make sure the quality and standards of education and training are maintained and enhanced. We have links with higher education institutions, further education colleges and other providers to ensure compliance with SSSC rules and requirements. 

In our regulatory role we make sure courses continue to meet:

We are also responsible for making sure that those who successfully complete any of these courses continue to demonstrate an ability to meet the following standards:

Our role includes quality assuring, approving and enhancing the degrees in social work, childhood practice awards and specialist awards for practice learning qualifications and Mental Health Officers.

Once courses are approved, SSSC advisers continue to monitor programmes annually to make sure that the rules and requirements continue to be met. 

Application form and guidance for course providers applying to have Childhood Practice and Specialist Training awards approved

Approval of Awards for Specialist Training Application Form
Specialist Awards Approvals Application Guidance

Approval of Awards in Childhood Practice Application Form
Childhood Practice Approvals Application Guidance

Qualifications required for registration

We assess qualifications for registration against agreed criteria and principles. This includes social care qualifications from Europe, international social work qualifications as well as national and UK. As a partner in the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care and Development, we are required to work with the social service sector to review the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the workforce and to support the development of qualifications based on these. We are committed to ensuring that the social service workforce in Scotland has all the skills necessary to do their job well.