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Your responsibilities as a registered worker

Find out how to keep up your registration with the SSSC.

When you’re registered there are things you need to do to keep up your registration.

It’s important because you may not be able to work if you are not registered. That could have an impact on you, your employer and the people who use your service.

The Codes of Practice

The Code of Practice for Social Service Workers sets out the behaviours and values of professional conduct and practice social service workers must meet in their everyday work. Find out more about your responsibilities.

Download the Codes of Practice

Post registration training and learning (PRTL)

You need to do a certain amount of training and learning each year to keep your knowledge and practice up to date. This helps you deliver good practice when working with people who use services, their families and carers.

Writing about your learning and development and submitting it to us helps us be sure you remain suitable for registration.

Find out more about what you need to do and when.

Keeping your details up to date on MySSSC

It is really important to let us know about any changes to your personal details or situation. You can tell us about changes or generally keep in touch through MySSSC.

This includes:

  • home address or contact details
  • email address
  • qualifications
  • work address and employer
  • disciplinary action against you
  • any offences
  • a health condition which may impact on your ability to carry out your job (see our guidance document)
  • a new job or change of role.

Paying your fee on time

It’s important that you keep up to date with paying your fees. It’s your responsibility and if you don’t we could remove your registration meaning you would need to re-apply and pay the application fee. You may not be able to work and your employer may take action because you are not registered.

Find out more information about fees.

Do you have a registration condition?

You may have been registered with a condition on your registration. This usually means you did not hold all the qualifications required for your role at the time of your registration. You will normally have the first period of registration to gain this qualification.

When the condition period expires, we will ask you to provide evidence that you have gained the qualification.

This does not apply to social workers or social work students.

Renewing your registration

Most social service workers have to renew their registration after five years. Social workers are registered for three years and students do not renew their registration. We contact you before your renewal date with information on how to renew your registration.

If we have asked you to submit evidence of your PRTL, you must also provide this information at the point of renewing your registration.

You can renew your registration online through MySSSC before your registration period expires.

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

Social media guidance

Our social media guidance provides general advice. You should refer to your own employer’s policies or guidance on the use of social media as it will be particular to the service where you work.

Read the guidance here
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Post registration training and learning (PRTL)

Post registration training and learning (PRTL) is about ongoing learning and development.

Everyone registered with us has to meet PRTL requirements as part of their registration.

SSSC Codes of Practice

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

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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.