We have a number of committees, sub-committees and panels.

Operational committees

Audit and Assurance Committee: advises the Council and the Accountable Officer on strategic processes for risk, internal control environment, governance and the governance statement, anti-fraud policies, whistleblowing processes, arrangements for special investigations, adequacy of management response to operational and financial performance, financial probity and stewardship, management of risk (financial and strategic objectives) and audit findings, effectiveness of audit functions.

Regulatory committees

Fitness to Practise Committee: makes decisions in terms of the Fitness to Practise Rules 2016, Fitness to Practise (Amendment) Rules 2017, Registration Rules 2016 (No 2) as they may be amended from time to time.

Appeals committees

Special Appeals Committee: deals with concerns about Fitness to Practise Committee.


Quality Assurance Sub-committee: reviews Fitness to Practise panel members’ decisions.


Training Appeals Panel: provides an appeal for decisions made under the Scottish Social Services Council Rules for Social Work Training (2003), the Scottish Social Services Council Rules and Requirements for Specialist Training for Social Service Workers in Scotland (2005) and the Rules and Requirements for Awards Developed from the Standard for Childhood Practice (2008).

Employment Appeals Panel: hears appeals of decisions made under SSSC staff management policies and procedures.

Fitness to Practise Panel: makes decisions in Fitness to Practise cases.