New recruitment guidance for employers now available

New guidance designed to support employers recruiting social service staff is now available.  Employers of social service workers need to meet the relevant National Care Standards ... Continue Reading →

Standard for Residential Child Care and RPL arrangements published

We have published the Standard for Residential Child Care with a foreword from Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald MSP. In his foreword he says: ‘The challenges ... Continue Reading →

Revised SSSC Codes of Practice and fitness to practise launched

Scotland can rely on high quality social services delivered by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce that give confidence in care. That was the message today from Mark McDonald ... Continue Reading →

Changes to SVQ qualification titles

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has introduced a titling change to Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ). Changes to titles began on 1 September 2016, however it is important ... Continue Reading →

Workforce intelligence events

Would you like more detailed workforce data on different parts of the social service workforce? Due to increasing interest, we are holding a series of half day events to look ... Continue Reading →

2015 Scottish Social Service Workforce Data Report

2015 Workforce Data Report published today, 31 August 2016. The report shows that the size of the social service workforce continues to grow and is now at 203,200, an increase of 1.8% ... Continue Reading →

2015 Mental Health Officers’ Report published

The statistics show the number of mental health officers (MHO) has gone up by 2% to 670 in December 2015. The increase comes following 2014 having the lowest number of MHOs since 2005. ... Continue Reading →

Changes to the way we regulate

From 1 November 2016 we will change the way we regulate social service workers from a misconduct model of regulation to a fitness to practise model. The key change is that under the ... Continue Reading →

SSSC registration fees consultation

Our consultation on the proposal to increase the fees we charge social service workers to register with us is now open. This consultation is relevant to all registrants, social service ... Continue Reading →

Apply for an Open Badge today

We want to tell you about our latest Open Badges and answer some of your questions. Open Badges are digital certificates recognising learning and achievement. We use them to help you ... Continue Reading →