Who is the SSSC and what do we do

There are about 200,000 people working in
social services across Scotland. This means that one in every 13 people employed in Scotland
currently work in social services. This includes social care workers, social workers, social
work students, early years workers and care inspectors. They work across a range of care
services, in residential and day centres, community facilities and in people’s homes
as well as working with other professionals in health, education and other services like
the police. The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
is responsible for regulating people who work in social services. 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. Where people fall below the standard of practice
and behaviour we can investigate and take action. We were set up under the Regulation of Care
Scotland Act and are one of a number of health and social care regulators in Scotland and
across the UK making sure professionals are regulated against agreed standards. We regulate social service workers to make
sure that people using these services can have confidence that workers have the right
skills, values and training to do the job. Most people working in social services in
Scotland will be registered with the SSSC. Some won’t be registered yet but will be over
the next few years. Others may be registered with another similar body, for example, some
people working in care homes may be nurses and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery
Council and some people working in nurseries may be teachers and registered with the General
Teaching Council for Scotland. You can find out more about who we are and
what we do at

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