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14 Apr 2023

Consultations and surveys SSSC Codes of Practice

Tell us what you think of the revised Codes in our consultation

Now is the time to tell us what you think about the revised SSSC Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers (the Codes) as we launch our consultation today (14 April). All the responses will help us finalise the revised Codes to make sure they support your practice and professionalism and are fit for the future.

The consultation is now closed.

We want to hear views from the social work, social care and children and young people workforce and employers, as well as people who use services, their families and carers and other stakeholders.

The Codes review is part of our wider Future Proofing Programme, which includes proposed changes to our Register and qualifications for registration.  

If you have any questions about the Codes consultation or the review, please email

Involving you

When we spoke to registrants, employers and stakeholders last year as part of the Codes review engagement, you told us there was a lot you liked about the Codes and also that we need to make some changes.

We used that feedback to revise the Codes that we are now consulting on.

How do I respond to the consultation?

All the information you need to take part and respond is on the Codes consultation page of our website.

There are eight main questions we’d like your views on, some general and others on the workers or employers Codes.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 7 July 2023.

Join our focus groups

We are holding online and in person Codes consultation focus groups where you can discuss the changes and share your views and thoughts on the revised Codes. You can register below.

Online focus groups

Wednesday 17 May 10-11.30am 
Thursday 18 May 6.00-7.30pm
Wednesday 31 May 1-2.30pm
Tuesday 6 June 6.00-7.30pm 
Wednesday 14 June 2-3.30pm
Thursday 15 June 10-11.30am

In person focus groups


Wednesday 24 May 2023, 11am-1pm
Wednesday 24 May 2023, 2-4pm 


Tuesday 30 May 2023, 10am-12pm
Tuesday 30 May 2023, 2-4pm


Tuesday 13 June 2023, 10am-12pm
Tuesday 13 June 2023, 2-4pm


Tuesday 20 June 2023, 10am-12pm
Tuesday 20 June 2023, 2-4pm 


Wednesday 21 June 2023, 10am-12pm
Wednesday 21 June 2023, 2-4pm

Next steps timeline

Codes consultation

14 April to 7 July 2023

Analysis of consultation responses and feedback from focus groups

July to August 2023

Final changes to the revised Codes

September to October 2023

Revised Codes go to the SSSC Council for approval

November 2023

Planning for the revised Codes implementation

December 2023 to March 2024

Revised Codes of Practice launch

April 2024


Contact information

Sandra Wilson
Communications Officer
Scottish Social Services Council