Employers have a legal responsibility to make sure all their staff are correctly registered. It is an offence to continue to employ an unregistered worker for more than six months after their start date in a role recognised for registration.
You can manage and track your workers’ registration on MySSSC by becoming a countersignatory which will allow you to have employer access. The lead countersignatory is the senior representative in an organisation who we will contact about registration. They can set up additional countersignatories who can endorse applications for registration. We recommend you set up a lead countersignatory before staff apply for registration. Read the guidance for more details on the role of countersignatories and complete the necessary forms to apply to set up countersignatories.
If you have any queries about what role an employee can do if they are not registered after six months, contact your Care Inspector.
Make sure staff have the right information ready when they are applying for registration. We have produced guides to help employers support workers through the registration process.
You could fill in part of the form, such as part of the Register to apply for, Care Inspectorate care service number and countersignatory details as part of your employee induction.
Registered workers are personally responsible for making sure they meet the continuous professional learning (CPL) requirement. Under the SSSC Code of Practice for Employers we expect employers to help registered workers continue their professional development.
It is important you use supervision and/or staff development schemes to discuss and plan with your employees how they can meet their CPL requirement.
Employers of social service workers have a duty to let the SSSC know if they dismiss a social service worker on the grounds of misconduct or if a social service worker has resigned or left their job in circumstances that would otherwise lead to dismissal for conduct, or dismissal for misconduct would have been considered.
This responsibility is set out under the legislation for regulation of social service workers in Scotland.
Our guidance will help you if you are unsure about how to raise a concern in your workplace.Read the guidance here
Registration is compulsory for many social service roles so visit our ‘Help with Register parts, fees and qualifications tool' for more information.Access the tool here
Check the registration status of a social worker or social care worker employed in ScotlandSearch the Register
Social services that employ SSSC registered staff can use our logo on their website to help promote the benefits of registration to their service and the people who use the service.Find out more here
Continuous professional learning (CPL) is the learning we do for work which helps us develop our knowledge, skills and professional behaviour so we can deliver our best practice.
The Codes set out the standards of practice and behaviour expected of social service workers and their employers.