Skip to main content
NHS Scotland infographic

13 Mar 2020

Social service workforce

Links to national coronavirus guidance and advice

National guidance and advice for the sector is available so we've pulled some of the key links together to help you. This guidance is often updated so please check it regularly. 

Scottish Government  guidance

All Scottish Government health, care and social work coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Guidance is available for lots of different topics including:

Scottish Government adult social care guidance

All Scottish Government education and children coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance

Public Health Scotland guidance

Information and guidance for care home settings (adults and older people) this page includes:

  • COVID-19 information and guidance for care home settings
  • outbreak control checklist.

COVID-19 - information and guidance for social, community and residential care settings which covers:

  • community based settings for people with mental health needs
  • community based settings for people with a learning disability
  • community based settings for people who misuse substances
  • supported accommodation settings
  • rehabilitation services
  • residential children’s homes
  • stand alone residential respite for adults (settings not registered as care homes)
  • stand alone residential respite/short breaks services for children 
  • providing care to individuals in their own home
  • sheltered housing
  • hospice settings
  • prison and detention settings.

Guidance for educational and early learning and childcare settings has been updated and incorporated into general advice for all non-healthcare settings 

Public Health Scotland coronavirus page (this page lists the latest publication updates)

Care Inspectorate guidance

Care Inspectorate guidance for services on COVID-19

General COVID-19 advice and updates

NHS Inform advice on coronavirus

Scottish Government information on coronavirus in Scotland

Vaccine information

NHS Inform winter vaccines page 

Public Health Scotland vaccine resources for social care workers

Public Health Scotland vaccine resources for care homes

Details of vaccination priority groups (issued by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation)

Infection prevention and control

Infection Prevention and Control Manual for Older People and Adult Care Homes

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

Infection prevention and control standards for health and adult social care settings (Healthcare Improvement Scotland)

Community Infection Prevention and Control COVID-19 Pandemic Appendix 22

Personal Protective equipment (PPE)

See COVID-19 sections within Appendix 22 - Community IPC Pandemic Appendix (

Coronavirus (COVID-19): use of face coverings in social care settings including adult care homes

Staff health and wellbeing

The National Wellbeing Hub is for everyone working in health and social care. It has lots of resources for individuals and managers.

Coaching for Wellbeing offers free coaching to support all health and social service workers.

The Workforce Specialist Service is a confidential mental health service for health and social care workers.

National Wellbeing Helpline for health and social care workers: 0800 111 4191

COVID-19 Education Recovery Group

COVID-19 Education Recovery Group (CERG) web page on the Education Scotland website with guidance and information for early years and education settings

Qualifications and apprenticeships

Skills Development Scotland Coronavirus (COVID-19) page (includes information on apprenticeships)

Supplementary guidance for SVQ assessment centres to support candidates impacted by COVID-19 pandemic (updated 11 November 2020)

Work placements

We have published a toolkit of information to support placement providers, students and centres to support the safe return of students to placements. Find out more and download the toolkit here. (updated 30 June 2021)

Voluntary sector

SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub


Scottish Government advice for unpaid carers

Carers Scotland and Carers UK information and advice for carers

Mental Welfare Commission

The Mental Welfare Commission publishes guidance and advice notes on working during the pandemic.

Technology enabled care

Guidance for implementing Near Me in care homes, residential homes, housing associations and hospices

If you have any questions relating to your SSSC registration please use the form on our contact us page.

Contact information

Lorraine Wakefield
Communications Manager
Scottish Social Services Council