I understand this is a time of great uncertainty and challenge as we deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and that social service workers and employers are on the frontline and under extreme pressure.
The inevitable staff shortages due to sickness, self-isolation and caring responsibilities will make this even harder but I know the social service sector will respond quickly and professionally.
I can reassure you that we’re making regulatory changes to help you deal with the current challenges and we are working closely with Scottish Government and others to make sure we are doing everything we can to support you.
Changes to working practices and moving to cover other roles or types of services during the pandemic is highly likely. I know this might cause concern but maintaining professionalism, following the Codes of Practice and sticking to your values will make sure the best levels of care continue.
Along with other health and social care workforce regulators we’ve already made a commitment to take into account the many different factors in the current environment and released a joint statement to explain this earlier in March.
Most of all I would like to thank all of you for the work you’re already doing to help some of society’s most vulnerable citizens continue to receive the support they need.
Scottish Social Services Council