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What Brexit means for social service workers and employers

The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020. This process is known as Brexit.

The following transition period, which included a continuation of free movement of workers, has now ended and from 1 January 2021 the rights of EU nationals living in the UK changed.

Staying in the UK – EU settlement scheme

If you're from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, living in the UK and you want to stay, you should apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

The deadline is 30 June 2021 and it’s important you apply before this date.

You can find out more and apply on the EU Settlement Scheme page of the website. 

It is free to apply and if you need help with your application here are some sources of helpful information.

What Brexit means for people registered with the SSSC

If you are a European Union (EU), European Free Trade Area (EFTA) or a Swiss trained social service worker living and working in Scotland and on our Register, you will continue to be registered with the SSSC. The decision regarding your qualification will remain valid.

If you are already on our Register, you don’t need to do anything. Your registration was not affected by the UK leaving the EU.

Review of non-UK qualifications

We are currently reviewing our policy on assessing non-UK qualifications for function-based parts of the Register.

If your application is in process, Brexit will not affect it. We will continue to accept and assess applications that would have met EEA criteria until our review is complete.

Workforce Data

As an official statistics provider we publish data on the social service workforce in Scotland.


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Right values, right people

Our toolkit helps employers use and embed values-based approaches to recruitment and retaining workers.