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The SSSC Codes of Practice

The Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers

The Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers (the Codes) set out the behaviours and values expected of social service workers and their employers.

Download the SSSC Codes of Practice for Social service Workers and Employers.

We have posters and leaflets to help you promote and use the Codes in your service. You can download them here or ask for print copies by emailing communications@sssc.uk.com

SSSC Code of Practice for Social Service Workers

The Code of Practice for Social Service Workers sets out clear standards of professional conduct and practice that social service workers must meet in their everyday work.

Workers are responsible for making sure they meet the required standards and that nothing they do, or don’t do, harms the wellbeing of people who use services. The Code is part of the wider package of legislation, practice standards and employers’ policies and procedures that social service workers must meet.

We expect social service workers to meet the standards in the Code and may take action if registered workers fail to do so.

SSSC Code of Practice for Social Service Employers

The SSSC Code of Practice for Social Service Employers sets out the responsibilities of employers in the regulation of social service workers.

Employers are responsible for making sure they meet the required standards and support their workers to meet the standards set out in the Code for Social Service Workers.

The Care Inspectorate take the Codes of Practice into account during inspection of services and may take action to support improvement or require change if providers don’t meet the required standards.

What do the SSSC Codes of Practice mean for the public?

By setting clear standards of professional practice and behaviour, the Codes are an important part of regulating and improving the quality of care for people who use services.

The Codes let you know what you can expect from social service workers.

If you are concerned a worker providing a service for you or someone you care for does not meet the standards set out in the Codes you need to tell someone. Visit our raising a concern page to find out more.

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Different formats

The Codes are available electronically in Adobe pdf and eReader versions. Please use our eReader guide for help to download the Codes of Practice on your portable device.

Codes of Practice in PDF format

Codes of Practice in epub format

Codes of Practice in mobi format

Codes of Practice large print version

Codes of Practice credit card size

Codes of Practice in Word text format

Codes of Practice PDF text version

Codes of Practice Easy Read version

Watch what the Codes of Practice in British Sign Language video

Other languages

Codes of Practice in Gaelic

Codes of Practice in Polish

Codes of Practice in Punjabi (Gurmukhi)

Codes of Practice in Spanish

Codes of Practice in Urdu

Codes of Practice in Arabic

Codes of Practice in Portuguese

If you would like the Codes in a different language please email communications@sssc.uk.com or phone 0345 60 30 891 and we can look into this.

Download the SSSC Codes of Practice

Download the SSSC Codes of Practice for Social service Workers and Employers.

Download the SSSC Codes of Practice

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