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About the SSSC

We are the regulator for the social service workforce in Scotland

Our work means the people of Scotland can count on social services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce.

We protect the public by registering social service workers, setting standards for their practice, conduct, training and education and by supporting their professional development. By doing this we increase the protection of people who use services. Where people fall below the standards of practice and conduct we can investigate and take action.


  • publish the national codes of practice for people working in social services and their employers
  • register people working in social services and make sure they adhere to the SSSC Codes of Practice
  • promote and regulate the learning and development of the social service workforce
  • are the national lead for workforce development and planning for social services in Scotland.

The SSSC Register was set up under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 to regulate social service workers and to promote their education and training.

Read our strategic and corporate parenting plans below.

SSSC Strategic Plan 2020-2023

Our Corporate Parenting Plan 2017-2019

The social service workforce

There are more than 203,000 people working in social services in Scotland. This includes social care workers, social workers, social work students and early years workers in a range of care services, in residential and day centres, community facilities and in people’s homes.

Sector skills council

Skills for Care and Development is the sector skills council for people providing social work, social care and children’s services in the UK. It is a partnership of four organisations:

  • Social Care Wales
  • Northern Ireland Social Care Council
  • Skills for Care in England
  • Scottish Social Services Council.

The SSSC undertakes the functions of the sector skills council in Scotland working in partnership with employers to develop the social service workforce and invest in workforce planning.

This includes developing National Occupational Standards (NOS) which underpin qualifications for registration and outline the skills, knowledge and understanding employers have told us are necessary for an effective workforce.

Our values

In everything we do, we believe the people of Scotland have the right to be safe when accessing social care services.

Read more about our values

Our organisational characteristics

Our organisational characteristics describe how we will work to deliver our outcomes in this Strategic Plan.

Read more about our characteristics
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Find out more about registering with the SSSC including what qualifications you need and how much it costs.

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Supporting the workforce

Discover our free learning resources and how our work can support your learning and development.

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Fitness to practise

Read more about our fitness to practise process, registrant responsibilities and how to make a complaint about a worker.