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Employer responsibilities

Supporting your staff with registration.

Make sure your staff are registered

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.

Countersignatory guidance

Lead countersignatory form

Additional countersignatory form

Employers access to MySSSC form

If you have any queries about what role an employee can do if they are not registered after six months, contact your Care Inspector.

Help your employees to register

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.

Support your employees with their CPL

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.

Maintaining standards in the profession

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.

Raising concerns in the workplace guidance

Our guidance will help you if you are unsure about how to raise a concern in your workplace.

Read the guidance here

Who should apply to register

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

Search the Register

Check the registration status of a social worker or social care worker employed in Scotland

Search the Register

How social services can promote registration by using our logo

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 about promoting registration

Continuous professional learning (CPL)

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.

SSSC Codes of Practice

The Codes set out the standards of practice and behaviour expected of social service workers and their employers.

Have you changed jobs recently?

If you've changed your job or role then you may need to apply to be on a different part of the Register.

Check your existing registration and create a new or additional application online now in MySSSC.