Our learning resources – helping you to develop your social service staff

Did you know we produce lots of free and easy to use resources that can help your staff develop their skills?

Workers in social services need to be skilled and competent to meet the challenges they may face in their roles. And although they need to gain a qualification when they register with us, they also need to keep their skills up to date.

All registered workers need to carry out post registration training and learning (PRTL) and using our learning resources can help them develop their skills and get them well underway to achieving their PRTL goals.

So why not give our resources a go?

Here is a selection of our resources.

SSSC Learning Zone

Our Learning Zone has a wide range of free learning resources designed to support learning and practice.

We develop our resources in partnership with the sector and they are available for desktop computers and as apps for tablet and smartphones so you can learn where and when suits you best.

Watch the Learning Zone video for an introduction and to find resources that will help you.

There is also a shorter version of the Learning Zone video.

Here are some of the resources you’ll find on the Learning Zone.

Safe administration of medication (SafeMed) (Smartphone and Web)
Use in your day-to-day work or expand your learning by doing the online learning modules.


Making better decisions simulator (Web)
This web based resource provides you with some challenging decisions, which enables you to see how your decisions might affect the outcomes of people if you had to make them in real life situations.

Career development toolkit (Web)
This toolkit includes a range of activities to help you begin the process of career planning and planning your ongoing learning and development.

SVQ support apps (Tablet)
These four apps provide knowledge relating to the mandatory units of the social services and healthcare SVQs.

Jargon and acronym buster (JAB) (Web)
This reference tool can help explain terms and abbreviations often used in social services.

Modern apprenticeship core skills: Social Service and Health Care (Tablet)
Supports you to undertake a modern apprenticeship in social services and health care at levels 2 and 3 providing knowledge about core skills.

Supporting digital learning (Web)
These interactive self-assessment cards will support conversations about how you support digital learning in your organisation and help you develop an action plan to improve your support for digital learning.

Appreciative Inquiry resource pack (Web)
This resource pack is for anyone who wishes to use an Appreciative Inquiry approach to support service improvement or redesign. You can use the whole resource to facilitate a cycle of Appreciative Inquiry or you can pick the materials to suit your learning, planning or service improvement activity.

Adult support and protection (Smartphone)
This app has sections on legislation, what you should do if you have concerns and FAQs.

Understanding dementia (Tablet)
This app will help increase your confidence when working with people with dementia and help you improve their quality of care.

Dementia: Understanding stress and distress (Tablet)
This app will help you identify the factors which can contribute to people with dementia feeling stressed or/and distressed and improve your skills in working with people who experience this.

Personal outcomes for people living with dementia (Tablet)
This app will give you a path to better understanding how social and emotional needs impact on well-being for people with dementia.

Engaging with children and young people (Tablet)
This app helps you engage effectively with children and young people, covering topics like self-esteem, positive relationships and Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC).

Childhood practice simulator (Web)
Our interactive resource gives you the chance to practice your skills in real-life scenarios to help develop your knowledge and skills of childhood practice.

Modern apprenticeships: Core skills (children and young people) (Tablet)
Supports you to undertake a modern apprenticeship in social services children and young people by providing knowledge about core skills.

Open Badges

Open Badges are digital certificates recognising learning and achievement. If you can demonstrate that you’ve learned from materials produced by the SSSC you can earn an Open Badge.

Badges give you a comprehensive way of keeping track of your skills, knowledge and achievements and displaying these when you need to.

Find out more about Open Badges here.

Step into Leadership

Whatever your role in social services, the Step into Leadership website will help you find resources and information to develop your leadership skills. Scotland’s social services need effective leadership at all levels of the workforce, as well as citizen leadership from people who access support and their carers.

Step into Leadership offers pathways for people to explore their leadership profile and plan their development. It has a wide range of resources and tools categorised in six defined leadership capabilities. The four pathways are for:

On our Step into Leadership website you’ll also find the following resources.

Visit our Step into Leadership website here.

Open Educational Resources

We’re making many of our resources available as Open Educational Resources (OER) so employers can re-use and adapt the content to suit their own needs.

We publish our OER as text documents under the Creative Commons licence which allows re-use, adaptation and distribution free of charge. All you need to do is acknowledge us as the source.

Learn more in our OER video and see if there are resources your organisation could use.

There is also a shorter version of the OER video.

Learn more about Open Educational Resources on the Learning Zone.

How using our resources can help organisations

Read how RNIB Scotland used our free learning resources alongside their own materials to create a new flexible induction programme for their staff.

Their focus on letting workers lead their own learning has led to greater motivation, receptiveness and skills.

Read how RNIB developed their induction programme here.

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