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26 Apr 2023

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New SSSC Strategic Plan 2023-2026 to support the workforce

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) published its new strategic plan today setting out how it will support a trusted, skilled, confident and valued social work, social care and children and young people workforce and to ensure public protection.

It’s three years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented challenges the social work, social care and children and young people workforce faced to continue providing high quality care to the people they support.

As services across the country rebuild following the pandemic, employers and the workforce continue to face significant challenges presented by recruitment and retention and the cost of living.

We are also approaching a time of change in the way care is provided with the introduction of the National Care Service Bill, the delivery of The Promise and recommendations from the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation due this summer.

Our strategic plan acknowledges the impact of these factors while setting out how we’ll deliver our work over the next three years.


We have four strategic themes and outcomes that will have a positive impact on the safety and wellbeing of people using social work, social care and children and young people services.

  1. Trusted
    People who use services are protected by a regulated workforce that is fit to practise.
  2. Skilled
    Our work supports the workforce to deliver high standards of professional practice.
  3. Confident
    Our work enhances the confidence, competence and wellbeing of the workforce.
  4. Valued
    The social work, social care and children and young people workforce is valued for the difference it makes to people’s lives.

Our role

SSSC Acting Chief Executive, Maree Allison said, ‘Our new strategic plan sets our direction for the next three years and how our work will support the workforce and employers to make sure care is delivered by a trusted, skilled, confident and valued workforce.

‘Coming after a tumultuous and challenging three years of the pandemic, it’s important we have a clear focus on how we fulfil our role and protect the public.

‘We expect the next three years to also be a time of significant change with several policy developments and recommendations due to come in, which will mean changes to the delivery of care.

‘We are also adapting in response to the developing landscape through our Future Proofing Programme, so being registered with the SSSC is simple, easy to understand and that people know about the benefits and value of registration and the standards, skills and qualifications needed to deliver high quality care. 

‘We look forward to working with registrants, employers, people with lived experience, our partners and Scottish Government to deliver the outcomes in our new strategic plan’.

You can read the SSSC Strategic Plan 2023-2026 online here. 

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Contact information

Lorraine Wakefield
Communications Manager
Scottish Social Services Council