Partner profile: Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is the regulatory body for social service workers, including early learning and childcare practitioners.

The organisation is responsible for leading workforce development in social services – and joint work with SCEL is particularly important in encouraging the development of the best possible leadership at all levels across early learning and childcare services. It can also work together with the education workforce to support Scotland’s Developing the Young Workforce strategy.

Leadership at all levels

The SSSC promote a leadership strategy for Scotland’s social services which supports leadership at all levels of the workforce. This closely mirrors the work of SCEL and offers scope for sharing resources between the two organisations. A recently commissioned piece of research into what good leadership looks like in Scotland’s social services developed a leadership logic model which was warmly received by education practitioners who are working to develop leadership and management strategies and standards.

Recent resources published by the SSSC promote professional development and are designed to enhance individual’s leadership capabilities as well as supporting the development of coaching, mentoring and supervision. Education staff shared views on how the resources complement the work currently taking place in education, particularly around developing coaching in schools and enhancing the role of mentoring.

The SSSC also hosts a wide range of leadership resources on the Step into Leadership website – these are available to members of the education sector and the wider public.

Life changing careers for young people in social services

The SSSC are advocates of young people embarking on a career in social services. There are many openings for young people to develop a career pathway within and across the sector.  This includes great access to work-based learning and opportunities to progress towards achievement of degree level qualifications. The organisation welcomed the education workforce invitation to help get the message out to students and can provide resources to share with education staff:

  • A Career in Social Services (2017) – a careers booklet with practical information about what it’s like to train and work as a social service worker in settings like early learning and childcare, residential childcare, adult social care and social work.
  • A Question of Care – an online challenge which can help young people figure out if they are suited to a career in social services. This video based resource is great for use in the classroom.

Information about the new Foundation Apprenticeships (Social Services and Healthcare and Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF level 6) will feature in the SSSC new social service career pathways online resource. These qualifications are available to students in S5-S6 and represent a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience as part of a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ). This could help young people get their first job and give them a head start in meeting the SSSC qualification requirement for a number of registered roles.

Get involved

The SSSC support a network of Ambassadors for Careers in Care who can visit schools to share their experience about working in social services. To invite an ambassador to your school, or to ask for careers materials, email

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