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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 being constantly 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:

  • clinical guidance for different types of service
  • care home guidance (including visiting and outings from the home guidance)
  • adults with incapacity
  • social care assessments
  • social work
  • unpaid carers
  • adult support and protection
  • testing for health and social care staff
  • personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • palliative care.

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

Health Protection Scotland guidance

Information and guidance for care home settings from Health Protection Scotland, this page includes:

  • COVID-19 Information and Guidance for Care Home Settings (updated 31 December 2020)
  • outbreak control checklist
  • further advice for staff
  • safe practice in care homes posters.

COVID-19 - information and guidance for social, community and residential care settings (published 16 April 2021)  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.

Note the previous COVID-19 - Guidance for Domiciliary Care (care at home) is now incorporated into the COVID-19 - information and guidance for social, community and residential care settings (published 16 April 2021). 

Guidance for educational and early learning and childcare settings has been updated and incorporated into Health Protection Scotland general advice for all non-healthcare settings (updated 31 December 2020)

Health Protection 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

Ready Scotland website has information on volunteering, community groups and finding extra support

COVID-19 vaccine information

NHS Inform COVID-19 vaccine page 

Public Health Scotland vaccine resource toolkits, includes information for care home, social care and healthcare workers

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

Infection prevention and control

Scottish COVID-19 Care Home Infection Prevention and Control Addendum

Scottish COVID-19 Community Health and Care Settings Infection Prevention and Control Addendum

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

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

Personal Protective equipment (PPE)

Updated guidance on COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) (updated 15 April 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the extended use of face masks and face coverings in hospitals, primary care, wider community care and adult care homes (updated 7 June 2021)

General face coverings guidance includes information on exemptions to wearing them (updated 2 June 2021)

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.

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

SQA statement on qualifications

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)

COVID–19 Support Guidance for centres delivering and Assessing HNC Social Services and HNC Childhood Practice

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. You can download the toolkit here.

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