New recruitment guidance for employers now available

New guidance designed to support employers recruiting social service staff is now available. 

saferecruitEmployers of social service workers need to meet the relevant National Care Standards and the SSSC Code of Practice for Employers in line with the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001. This new guidance will help employers achieve robust recruitment to make sure the right people join the workforce. It sets out Scottish Ministers’ expectation that employers will continuously improve safer recruitment practice in relation to those who work with the most vulnerable people.

This online resource replaces the Scottish Government’s national guidance Safer Recruitment through Better Recruitment (2007).

It features the key steps and stages of the recruitment process and outlines the key elements, highlights areas that should also be considered and provides links to further guidance, tools and practice examples from the social service sector. It’s an interactive tool which will develop over time.

This guidance will help you to be satisfied that:

  • you meet your legal and regulatory requirements
  • potential applicants are aware of your commitment to the welfare of vulnerable people
  • each candidate has demonstrated their suitability for the position they are applying for
  • as far as possible, at each stage of recruitment and selection that the candidate is safe to practise
  • at each stage of the process, you have selected the best candidate to progress to the next stage
  • the candidate’s identity, qualifications, registration and right to work status are valid.

Anna Fowlie, SSSC Chief Executive said:

‘It is hugely important that we recruit and retain staff who are trusted, skilled and confident into the social service workforce. We need people who are suitable and safe to work with vulnerable people from the very young to the very old and in all sorts of life circumstances.

‘As well as having the right qualifications and experience, it’s vital that workers have the right values, skills and behaviours to work in social work and social care. The Vision and Strategy for Social Services highlighted the need to bring the guidance up to date and I am pleased that the SSSC and the Care Inspectorate have worked closely to develop this new resource. It has advice and tools that will support employers to make sure the way they go about recruiting and selecting staff is up to date with current good practice; it also allows employers to share their experiences of what has worked.’

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