We must be sure that people on our Register meet the standards of character, conduct and competence necessary for them to do their job safely and effectively in line with the SSSC Codes of Practice.
We investigate concerns about workers and take action where necessary.
A worker's fitness to practise may be impaired by one or more of the following:
Our Code of Practice sets out the behaviours and values expected of social service workers registered with us. Workers are expected to behave in a way, in or outside work, which does not call into question their suitability to work in social services.
You can read the definition of fitness to practise and impairment in rule 2 in the SSSC (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2016.
We revised our rules in July 2021. You can read the Combined Fitness to Practise Rules 2021 here.
If you want to find out more about making a referral to us, please go to our raising a concern section.
If you wish to find out more about our process, please go to the investigations section.
Anyone can raise a concern if they believe that a worker’s fitness to practise may be impaired. Click here to find out more about raising a concern.
Find out more about fitness to practise in our factsheets and guidance documents.
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View the latest Key Fitness to Practise statistics.
View the documents that set out how we carry out our regulatory function and provide guidance to decision makers on when to apply the different sanctions available to them.
Revised Codes of Practice came into effect on the 1st of November 2016. The Codes set out the standards of practice and behaviour expected of social services workers and their employers.
Read The Public Information Policy to see what information we publish in advance of our hearings, what we don’t and why.