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Media centre

Find out about what we do and who to contact for media enquiries

About us

  • We register and regulate key groups of social service workers.
  • We promote and regulate education and training and raise the standards of practice by social service workers.
  • Our work means the people of Scotland can count on social services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce.

The social service workforce

  • There were 202,090 social service workers in Scotland in 2017.
  • By August 2019 we had registered more than 134,000 workers.
  • Our Register is qualification based and applicants must hold or be working towards a qualification.
  • They also have to keep their learning up to date.
  • Workers on our Register need to adhere to the SSSC Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers.
  • There is also a Code of Practice for Employers.

The SSSC and the Care Inspectorate

Both were set up under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001.

  • The Care Inspectorate regulates and inspects service provision.
  • The SSSC regulates and registers the social service workforce and its education and training.

Hearings and decisions

See our hearings and decisions sections for more information on upcoming hearings or decisions. If you would like to attend a hearing find out what you need to know here.

Areas of expertise

We can provide expert opinion on topics such as:

  • the role of the social service workforce, what they do and who they work with
  • the standards that people using social services and carers can and should expect from the people working in social services and why
  • professional regulation and what that means in social services in Scotland
  • the challenges facing the social service workforce in providing care across social work, early years, care for older people, adults and children
  • statistics and data on the make up of social service workforce in Scotland, for example age, gender, service provision across public, private and voluntary sectors
  • the challenges facing social services staff in providing compassionate care, love and kindness, a family setting
  • careers in social services and the challenges of recruitment and retention
  • the work of the sector skills council, Skills for Care and Development (SfCD).

We can also arrange interviews with our:

  • Chief Executive, Lorraine Gray

Our news releases

Read our latest news here.

SSSC News Online

You can see our regular features and latest news on SSSC News Online.


You can watch videos about us and our work on our YouTube channel SSSCTV.

Who to contact

For all media enquiries please contact:

Communications Manager:
Lorraine Wakefield

Direct contact number:
01382 317922

07970 656447


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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.