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Future proofing programme

Our future proofing programme is a major piece of work covering three interconnected projects.

The projects under review are:

  • our Register
  • qualifications and skills
  • the SSSC Codes of Practice.

Our vision for the programme is that being registered with the SSSC is simple, easy to understand and that people know about the benefits and value of being registered and the standards, skills and qualifications needed to deliver high quality care. 

The programme started in December 2021 and is expected to conclude in 2024.

A Register, qualifications and skills for the future

Changes to our Register and aspects of qualifications relating to registration will go ahead following approval by the SSSC Council in November 2022. We’d like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation and took part in our in-depth stakeholder engagement, which helped us refine our proposed changes. 

You can read full details of the changes in our news article Next steps for Register for the Future

We’re working on detailed plans for making the changes over the next 18 months and will involve people working in social work, social care and children and young people services and employers throughout. 


We consulted on our proposed changes to the Register and qualifications at the start of 2022 and received more than 6,500 responses.

While respondents agreed with most of the proposals, there were two key areas with less support. You can read more about the Register for the future consultation response here

You can read the full details of our proposals on the Register for the future consultation page

Codes of Practice

We are working with the social work, social care and early years sector to review the Codes of Practice for workers and employers to make sure they are fit for the future.

Over the past few months, we've engaged with the sector to listen to your views and hear how you think the Codes should change as part of our review. More than 400 people provided views and feedback during our engagement.

We asked you to hold a Codes Conversation within your team or workplace to consider:

  • what you like about the Codes
  • how the Codes could better support practice
  • how the Codes could work better alongside the Health and Social Care Standards.

We also held several online and in person Codes Conversations and focus groups to gather your thoughts, which a total of 100 people attended. Feedback from this phase of the Codes review is now closed, thank you for your contributions and for joining our events. Read more about our Codes Conversation and next steps in our news article Thank you for joining the Codes Conversation.

All the views and feedback we gathered will inform the draft revised Codes, which we plan to formally consult on in 2023.

Our values

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

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Our organisational characteristics

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

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Annual Report and Accounts

See our Annual Reports and Accounts.

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