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What Brexit means for people registered with the SSSC

This page will keep you up to date with information about how the UK’s exit from the EU may affect the registration of social service workers who are EU or EFTA citizens. We will update this page should information change.

What Brexit means for people registered with the SSSC

If you are a European Union (EU), European Free Trade Area (EFTA) or a Swiss trained social service worker living and working in Scotland and on our Register, you will continue to be registered with the SSSC if the UK leaves the EU. The decision regarding your qualification will remain valid.

If you are already on our Register, you don’t need to do anything and your registration won’t be affected should we leave the EU.

If your application is in process, this will be concluded using the current arrangements as far as possible.

What will leaving the EU with a deal mean?

If there is a deal agreed, there will be a transition period until December 2020. This means no change to our current processes as far as possible.

What if there is a no-deal exit?

We are working closely with Scottish Government and partners to consider the implications of a no deal exit in relation to our recognition of professional qualifications from outside of the UK. Our qualification assessment criteria and process are likely to change and we will publish any changes on our website.

EU citizens staying in Scotland

The Scottish Government has designed a toolkit to help EU citizens who live and work in Scotland to stay here. It includes guides for EU citizens and employers.

You can also find information about the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme, details of the application process and requirements, links to other resources and some practical suggestions about how employers can support their EU employees in the workplace. Find out more on the Scottish Government website.