Meet the SSSC at our employer events

Come along  and find out our latest developments in registration and fitness to practise. 

SSSC acronym logo - colourTake this opportunity to meet us and get your questions answered.

Each event will have two workshops.

Workshop 1: Registration will look at:

  • how you can make sure staff are appropriately registered and make sure they understand what that means
  • how you can make sure staff are meeting the requirements of their registration for example, meeting a qualification condition
  • how the SSSC communicates with registrants and employers
  • how other organisations deal with the registration of their workers.

Workshop 2: Fitness to Practise will look at:

  • how the SSSC Codes of Practice relate to fitness to practise.
  • You’ll also get the chance to take part in the fitness to practise decision making process using real life case studies.

We are holding three events during February and March:

Location and venue



Scottish Youth Theatre
The Old Sheriff Court
105 Brunswick Street
Glasgow G1 1TF
Monday 23 February 2015 10.30am to 12.30pm
1.30pm to 3.30pm
Locker Room
Trinity Quay House
47-53 Market Street
Aberdeen AB11 5PZ
Monday 2 March 2015 10.30am to 12.30pm
1.30pm to 3.30pm
Discovery Point
Discovery Quay
Dundee DD1 4XA
Thursday 5 March 2015 10.30am to 12.30pm
1.30pm to 3.30pm

Book your place now through Eventbrite.  Please note: places are limited.  If you book a place and are unable to attend, please let us know.

4 Responses to “Meet the SSSC at our employer events”

  1. Adrian Lewis OBE

    Feb 05. 2015

    I find it staggering that on the two of the most important facets of SSSC operations and the need for clarity and understanding across the care home sector that the SSSC are unable to host an event in the Scotland’s capital city give the number of care homes with Edinburgh and the surrounding Lothians.

    Is this just an oversight, if so then it needs to be rectified as a matter of urgency.

    Yours aye


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  2. Vanessa Glenday

    Feb 06. 2015

    Hi Adrian

    Thanks for your comment. We held specific engagement events for employers of care home services for adults last year (including one in Edinburgh) and this year during February and March we are holding events for all employers in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee. We do plan to have more employer engagement events during 2015-2016 in different locations.

    We do try to hold our events all over Scotland where possible.

    If you have any questions about registration, fitness to practise or the SSSC please let me know and I can do my best to answer these or can ask appropriate members of staff.

    Kind regards

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  3. Mrs Reid

    Feb 26. 2015

    Can you advise what is your recommendation for staff and Social Media policy, it would seem that your Code of Practice is being interpreted as staff cannot have a personal relationship with clients/parents on social media within their personal accounts. However your policy does not state that.

    Can you please advise if this is enforceable?

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  4. Sandra Wilson

    Mar 11. 2015

    Thank you for your query regarding social media.

    The SSSC enforces the Code of Practice for Social Service Workers in that when registered workers fail to meet the standards it sets out we may take action. Part 5.4 states that registered workers must not form inappropriate relationships with service users. Other parts of the Code may be relevant such as 5.8 which concerns behaviour that would call into question the workers suitability to work in social services.

    We receive referrals about workers and these may be made for a number of reasons, for example because a worker has been dismissed and referred by their employer or they may be referred by a colleague, service user, a member of a service users family or a member of the public. If we receive a referral about a registered worker concerning the use of social media, we would consider whether this was a breach of the Code of Practice. Our Social Media Policy indicates the position we are likely to take – in other words that registered workers should not have a personal relationship outside work with a service user. This includes online communications and we would be likely to consider this to be a breach of the Code and therefore misconduct. Each case is different and is treated by us based on its own particular facts, therefore the outcome of any referral and investigation will be different.

    The Policy outlines the SSSC’s advice and guidance to registered workers and sets out the issues that workers should take into account when using social media. Employers might also have their own policy in this area. Our Policy states that:
    “Friending” or allowing a person who uses services or their carer to be your online friend or follower is not acceptable for a registered social service worker as it creates a personal relationship outside of your workplace.

    You can find the Social Media Policy here:

    I hope this helps.

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