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06 May 2020

A thank you to the social service workforce

SSSC Chief Executive, Lorraine Gray, thanks the social service workforce for their vital work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social service workforce

30 Apr 2020

Donations of PPE and other supplies

The Scottish Government has set up a team to respond to offers of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social service workforce

30 Apr 2020

Joint statement on repurposing of medicines during COVID-19

A joint statement from the Care Inspectorate and the SSSC on ethical and professional decision making in the COVID-19 pandemic, and risk assessment guidance on repurposing of medicines within care home services.

Social service workforce

23 Apr 2020

How to support Muslim colleagues during Ramadan

Ramadan is a month-long Muslim observance which is starting on the evening of Thursday 23 April and ends at sunset Saturday 23 May.

Social service workforce

16 Apr 2020

Change to the Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF) reporting schedule

We recognise the challenges employers face in response to the exceptional circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not wish to add to the difficulties, so we have extended the schedule for organisations to report on use of Voluntary Sector Development Funds (VSDF). We have agreed this approach with colleagues in Scottish Government and with Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS).

Social service workforce

15 Apr 2020

Important information for social care services on staffing - SSSC COVID-19 recruitment portal now available to all social care services

The new guidance for employers on how to use the recruitment hub to fill vacancies is now available. It includes important information on:

  • contracts
  • funding
  • using the Care Inspectorate notification and triage system.

Social service workforce

10 Apr 2020

World Social Work Day recognises vital role

Plans for World Social Work Day on 17 March 2020 were overtaken by the growing COVID-19 pandemic. But as social workers in Scotland respond to the crisis, return to frontline roles and join our temporary social work register we thought it was a good time to share our article to highlight the vital role they play in supporting some of society’s most vulnerable citizens.

Social service workforce

01 Apr 2020

Recruiting staff for coronavirus (COVID-19)

We’re asking for your help to fight COVID-19. The virus has put huge demand on the social service workforce, but you can make a real difference.

Social service workforce

01 Apr 2020

Workforce support and wellbeing during COVID-19

We’ve produced a new resource to support staff health and wellbeing during the challenging time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Social service workforce

30 Mar 2020

Supermarkets asked to grant social service workers priority access

SSSC Chief Executive, Lorraine Gray, has written to seven of the country's leading supermarkets asking them to recognise the vital role social care and social work staff are playing in the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by granting them access to priority shopping hours.

Social service workforce

30 Mar 2020

Mental health and wellbeing: key messages for staff

Clare Haughey MSP, Minister for Mental Health has written to health and social care staff with information and resources to help look after their mental health and wellbeing while dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Social service workforce

27 Mar 2020

Guidance for employers on core training for redeployed workers, temporary workers and volunteers

With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic across the country, it will be necessary for health and social care staff to be deployed to work in frontline care services they may be unfamiliar with. Temporary workers and volunteers are also being recruited to support services.

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