Issue 1 – Fitness to practise newsletter for social service workers
Our fitness to practise newsletters cover a range of subjects and give you information about our processes and highlight particular issues.
In this first issue for registered social service workers we talk about what you need to know about our fitness to practise procedures and what it means for you.
What is fitness to practise?
We are responsible for protecting and enhancing the safety and welfare of people who use services.
As part of meeting that responsibility we must make sure, as far as possible, that workers are fit to practise in social services. We must be confident of the good character, conduct and competence of the people on our Register.
Our Fitness to Practise Department investigates concerns about the good character, conduct and competence of a person applying for registration or a person already registered and we take action where necessary.
You can find out about our investigation process on our website.
Are you being investigated or have you been suspended or dismissed by your employer?
Registered workers should tell us straight away if you’re being investigated or have been suspended or dismissed by your employer or you’re being investigated or have been charged by the police.
If you don’t tell us straight away, your failure to tell us may be an additional matter of concern that we investigate. You can provide an update to us via your MySSSC account.
Being a witness or giving evidence at a hearing
If you are a witness in relation to a case that we are investigating please co-operate with us. This might mean providing us with a statement or attending a formal sub-committee hearing at our Dundee office to give evidence. We can’t force you to attend a hearing but we may consider that failure to do so is a breach of the Code of Practice for Social Service Workers and is misconduct.
Outcomes of conduct cases
In cases where we impose a formal sanction, either for public protection purposes or in the wider public interest, we publicise the decision and reasons for it on our website. This information highlights behaviour or practice which falls below the standard expected of social service workers.
Do you want to know more about fitness to practise?
We must make sure, as far as possible, that workers are fit to practise in social services. We must be confident of the good character, conduct and competence of the people on our Register. Find out about our fitness to practise role on our website.
Read our other fitness to practise newsletters
An introduction to fitness to practise for employers
Issues around administration of medication
Why is how social service workers behave outside of work important?
Treating people who use services with dignity and respect