This Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) consultation is on the proposed return to practice requirements for social workers.
We want to hear views from social workers, employers, membership organisations and other key stakeholders on our proposals.
Why are we introducing return to practice requirements?
Social workers practice in complex environments and need an extensive knowledge of theory, policy and legislation as well as the skills and confidence to carry out their professional role.
We’re proposing return to practice requirements for social workers who have been out of social work practice and not registered for over two years so they can update their knowledge, skills and competence while building their confidence to practice.
What are we proposing?
Social workers returning to practice after more than two years will need to evidence their learning across four themes of knowledge and skills as part of their SSSC registration application:
- current legislation and policy
- social work skills, knowledge, understanding and practice
- the key codes and standards for practice
- adult and child protection.
There will be a tiered approach towards the number of hours/ days of learning depending on how long you’ve been out of practice. You must complete the learning within the 12 months before you apply to register.
Return to practice for social workers is a recognised pathway within the proposed new CPL process that we are also consulting on.
We will accept different approaches to learning:
- formal learning
- informal learning
- supervised practice.
Respond to the consultation
Consultation closed Friday 3 November.
Future Proofing Programme
Introducing return to practice requirements for social workers is part of our Future Proofing Programme which also includes changes to the Register, qualifications and reviews of the Codes of Practice and continuous professional learning (CPL).