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18 Jul 2022

Professional standards

Are you passionate about protecting people who use social services?

We are looking for people to sit as independent Panel Members on the Scottish Social Services Council’s (SSSC) Fitness to Practise Panels.

We are looking to appoint lay members to our panels. Lay members are people that don’t have a background working in social services but are experienced professionals who can bring an objective, outside perspective to a hearing of a social service worker.

Panels hear evidence and make decisions about a worker’s fitness to practise. Applicants should have a genuine interest in ensuring our regulated workforce is fit to practise and that people who use social services are protected. They must be independent thinkers who are confident in working together with panel colleagues to make decisions on what can be complex issues. They must have a strong sense of fairness, integrity and professionalism and an ability to deal sensitively with the confidential matters before them.

To apply for this role, you do not need experience in regulatory or panel work as full training will be provided. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, in particular from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and from those with a disability. We also hope to expand the age range of our pool of panel members and encourage applications from younger people. It is important that our panels are as diverse as the workforce we regulate.

Panel Members are paid a daily fee of £175 per day and reasonable travel costs. The expected time commitment for Panel Members is 20 days but we can be flexible, and this will be discussed at interview.

Read about the role of our Sub-committees here.
Lay  Members are expected to work to the Nine Principles of Public Life

How to apply

Please complete the application form and equalities monitoring form below. If you would like a hard copy of the forms you can email us at

Please send your completed forms to

Lay Member documents

Lay Member role description
Lay Member person specification
Lay Member application form
Equalities Monitoring Form
Immigration form - Complete only if you answer 'no' to question 1 in the application form.

The closing date for applications is  19 September 2022.
Interviews will take place between 17-20 October and 25-28 October 2022.
Mandatory training dates are 7 to 9 November 2022.

Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council