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, mental health officers, residential child care, chief social work officers and the scrutiny and improvement award.
We assess qualifications for registration against agreed criteria and principles . This includes social care qualifications from Europe and international social work qualifications. As a partner in Skills for Care and Development we are required to work with the social service sector to review the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and 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.
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