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30 Aug 2022

New data report on Scotland’s care workforce

The size of Scotland’s social work, social care and early years workforce dropped slightly last year to 208,360 people, a drop of 0.6% on 2020, a new report shows.

Workforce data

26 Aug 2022

Five-year study into newly qualified social workers report published

We’ve published a new five-year longitudinal research report which presents a national picture of how newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) experience organisational, practical and subjective dimensions of professional social work as they progress their early careers in Scotland.

Your learning

26 Aug 2022

We’ve changed the way you make a referral

Employers and higher educational institutions (HEI) can now make a referral about a registered worker through their MySSSC account.  

Professional standards

23 Aug 2022

2021 Mental Health Officers’ Report published

An estimated 79 extra full time mental health officers (MHOs) are needed to meet the shortfall in the workforce across local authorities in Scotland. That figure was revealed in a new report published by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today,

Workforce data

29 Jul 2022

The Codes of Practice are changing, join the conversation

We want to hear your views and ideas on what kind of Codes you’d like to support your practice and professionalism. What they would they say and what would they look like?

SSSC Codes of Practice

25 Jul 2022

New National Leadership Development Programme

A new leadership development programme for health and social care staff launches this October. Sign up for an information event to find out more and learn how you can get involved. 

Leadership Your learning

14 Jul 2022

Understanding refugee employment for social service employers

We are delighted to announce we are working with the Scottish Refugee Council to deliver sessions for social service employers to help you understand more about recruiting refugees, the different terminology,  challenges they face and how you as an employer can better support them.

Careers in care Employers Social service workforce Your learning

22 Jun 2022

Statement on the National Care Service Bill

SSSC statement following publication of the National Care Service Bill.

SSSC corporate

20 Jun 2022

New SSSC Open Badges for online safety and security

We have created eight new online safety and security Open Badges. These are for anyone working in social work, social care and early years to help keep themselves, their organisation and people using services safe and secure online.

Your learning

15 Jun 2022

Update on the Social Care Worker Death in Service Scheme

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our dedicated social care workers have provided critical and invaluable support to individuals across Scotland. In recognition of the vital contribution of social care workers, on 30 July 2020 Scottish Ministers published details of the social care worker death in service payment scheme.

Social service workforce Employers

15 Jun 2022

New report shows increase in residential child care workforce

Our new report published today shows the residential child care workforce has increased by 16% since 2010 while the number of children and young people in some form of residential care has decreased by 3% during that time. Residential child care includes care homes for children and young people, residential special schools and secure accommodation.

Workforce data Social service workforce

13 Jun 2022

New app shows what it’s like to receive care

Have you ever thought about what it feels like to have someone enter your ‘personal space’ to give you care and support? Now those giving care and support can experience what it feels like to be receiving care using the new BeMe smartphone app.

Your learning