Social service workers have an important role in the lives of the people they support and rely on trust and rapport to develop good working relationships. Professional boundaries are the limits that make sure the relationship between a worker and the person using services is a safe and supportive one.
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and the Care Inspectorate have issued a joint statement reminding people working in services and employers of our guidance on how to raise concerns in the workplace and the importance of speaking up.
As an SSSC registrant it’s important to remember the Codes of Practice also apply to behaviour outside of work and we can investigate your fitness to practise if your suitability to work in social services is questioned.
The COVID-19 lockdown prompted our move to online fitness to practise hearings. However, moving online didn’t just mean we were able to keep holding hearings but also that more registrants are able to take part.
We receive proportionately more fitness to practise referrals about workers in residential childcare more than any other part of our Register. Here we share some data about this and resources to help support you in your practice.