We are now consulting on changes to our rules and the guidance that set out what decisions and sanctions our hearing panels can make.
The rules are the main documents that set out the way:
- we manage the Register
- our hearing process works
- our panel members decide the appropriate sanction.
What are we changing?
We will replace the current rules with the SSSC Fitness to Practise Rules 2016, the SSSC Registration (No. 2) Rules (2016) and the Decisions Guidance: for Fitness to Practise Panels and SSSC staff.
These documents will put in place the new fitness to practise model. This means that we will take action when a workerâ€™s fitness to practise is impaired due to a concern about their conduct, competence or health. There are also changes which will simplify our processes and make them more effective. We hope that these changes will continue to increase public confidence in our work and improve the experience for those affected by it.
How to take part
This consultation is open to everyone. We are particularly interested to hear from people who have experience of our processes, other fitness to practise processes, or other regulatory or tribunal systems. We are asking for your comments about the draft documents to help us make sure they are fit for purpose.
After this consultation we will ask the Scottish Government to approve the rules and we expect to start using the new rules at the end of October 2016.Â The guidance on decisions and sanctions and the revised SSSC Codes of Practice (which we have already consulted on) will come into effect at the same time.
The consultation closes at 5pm on 31 July 2016.
Join our webinars
The webinars will be informative and may be of interest if you are a registered worker, a representative of a registered worker, an educator, an employer, a carer or someone who uses social services. You can find out more about the changes and ask questions about how they will work in practice.