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14 Oct 2021

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Celebrating the workforce for 20 years of the SSSC

The professionalism, values and commitment of the social work, social care and early years workforce will be celebrated over the coming year as the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) marks its 20th anniversary.

In the 20 years since the introduction of registration and regulation more than 160,000 workers in all sorts of services right across Scotland have joined the SSSC Register and given a commitment to work to the values and behaviours in the Codes of Practice.

This means people receiving services and their families can have confidence in care and count on services being provided by a trusted, skilled and confident workforce.

Launching the anniversary year SSSC Chief Executive Lorraine Gray said: ‘We want to celebrate the social work, social care and early years workers for their dedication and professionalism, which has come to the fore during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘This is a valued and qualified workforce. Not just anyone can do this job, you need the right values and commitment. If you have that, it is a career that offers opportunities for training and qualifications and career progression too. 

‘We look forward to celebrating the vital role of the workforce over the coming year by sharing stories about registration and highlighting key moments in the 20 year journey we’ve been on together.’ 

What are we doing? 

  • Sharing stories from workers, staff and partners about the difference registration makes to them and people using services.
  • Asking services and workers to share why they are proud to be registered.
  • Highlighting key moments from 20 years of the SSSC.

Get involved

Services and workers can get involved by sharing their registration stories, posting on social media using #SSSC20Years to say why they are proud to be registered or hosting a 20 themed celebration. There are lots of ideas and resources in our SSSC 20 Years toolkit.

How will it help the workforce?

Letting people know your workers are SSSC registered increases the value of the sector as the public recognise they are part of a registered, professional workforce with skills and qualifications.

Talking about SSSC registration encourages more people to consider a career in social work, social care and early years as part of a professional workforce with access to training, qualifications and career paths. 

Visit the SSSC 20 Years web page to find out more and get involved

Contact information

Lorraine Wakefield
Communications Manager
Scottish Social Services Council