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31 Mar 2022

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Making a difference for 20 years

A new report from the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) shows the impact of the workforce regulator for social work, social care and early years since it was established. It is part of the SSSC’s 20 year anniversary activities.

The Making a difference since 2001: SSSC intelligence report highlights key facts and figures from our work. The report is a snapshot of the workforce intelligence we’ve gained over the past 20 years that we can use to help policy makers, partners and workforce planners.

The report links to the new SSSC Data and Intelligence Strategy we are developing, which puts the SSSC at the centre of workforce intelligence expertise in Scotland.

Welcoming the report, SSSC Chief Executive Lorraine Gray said:

‘Over the last 20 years we’ve built up a wealth of knowledge on the social work, social care and early years workforce.

‘Our work as regulator puts us in a unique position to gain and develop insights into the workforce which helps us pinpoint challenges and opportunities for the wider sector.

‘We use that intelligence to help improve support for the workforce and we can share these insights with others, from policy makers to workforce planners to develop the workforce we need now and for the future.

‘I hope this gives you a snapshot of just some of the insight and information we can provide and we’re looking forward to working together with our partners as we develop the workforce for the future.’


  • From zero in 2003 to 163,124 people currently on the SSSC Register.
  • We approve and quality assure 42 education programmes.
  • 24,600 people use our MyLearning app.
  • We’ve awarded more than 35,000 Open Badges to recognise informal learning.
  • We investigate the fitness to practise of 1.5% of registered workers.
  • We take no further action in 85% of those cases.
  • We’ve removed 792 people from the Register.
  • Our new intelligence and insights system will improve and enhance how we use our data.

If you want to know more about the data and information we hold and to find out how we can work with you, please contact

Read the Making a difference since 2001: SSSC intelligence report.

Contact information

Lorraine Wakefield
Communications Manager
Scottish Social Services Council