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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. 

National guidance documents

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
  • 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

Information and guidance for social or community care and residential settings from Health Protection Scotland, this page includes:

  • COVID-19 Information and Guidance for Care Home Settings (updated 17 September)
  • outbreak control checklist
  • safe practice in care homes posters
  • interim guidance on COVID-19 PCR testing in care homes and the management of COVID-19 PCR test positive residents and staff.

COVID-19 - Guidance for Domiciliary Care (care at home) from Health Protection Scotland (updated 20 August)

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 21 August)

Health Protection Scotland coronavirus page

Care Inspectorate guidance for services on coronavirus

General COVID-19 advice and updates

NHS Inform advice on coronavirus

Scottish Government information on coronavirus in Scotland

Personal Protective equipment (PPE)

Updated guidance on COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) (updated 16 September)

Joint Scottish Government, COSLA and unions statement on PPE (published 9 April)

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

HNC Social Services and HNC Childhood Practice – COVID-19 guidance

Voluntary sector

SCVO Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub


Carers Scotland and Carers Trust Scotland joint statement on COVID-19 (published 11 March)

Scottish Government advice for unpaid carers

Carers Scotland and Carers UK information and advice for carers

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