We aim to work to the highest standards of integrity in the public interest. Our code of governance ensures that we achieve this.
The framework we operate in means that we:
A series of documents set out how we operate:
We want to know what you think about our services and the way we deliver them. We aim to provide the best possible service in all areas of our work but accept that sometimes something may go wrong. When this happens, we would like to know so we can try to put things right.
As a non-departmental public body (NDPB) the SSSC helps contribute to the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes. One of the outcomes is to ensure public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people’s needs and procurement has a significant role to play in achieving this outcome.
The SSSC has several committees, sub-committees and panels. They can be split into three categories: operational committees (which are primarily responsible for developing and maintaining SSSC policies), regulatory committees and the committees, sub-committees or panels considering appeals and qualifications. They all report to the Council.
The Council, made up of a Convener and members, oversees our work. Scottish Ministers appoint members through open competition and they come from a wide range of backgrounds.
We are committed to valuing diversity and improving opportunity for all. We are responsible for registering people who work in social services and regulating their education and training. Our vision is of a competent, confident workforce, capable of delivering high quality services, a workforce that has the confidence of the public, those who use services and their carers. We aim to put people who use services and carers at the centre of everything we do.
Equality impact assessments (EIAs) help us make sure our policies, and the functions we carry out, do what they are intended to do and for everybody. This means assessing the likely (or actual) effects of policies on people in respect of their protected characteristics.
Our annual reports set out:
Our annual report and accounts are laid before the Scottish Parliament.
Annual Report and Accounts of the Scottish Social Services Council for 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021View the Report and Accounts
Find out more about registering with the SSSC including what qualifications you need and how much it costs.
Discover our free learning resources and how our work can support your learning and development.
Read more about our fitness to practise process, registrant responsibilities and how to make a complaint about a worker.