The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today launched a consultation on the revised Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers and the implementation of a fitness to practise approach to regulation.
The Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers set out the principles and values for workers and employers in the social service sector. The SSSC is reviewing these to make sure they continue to support good practice and reflect changes in policy and practice since they were first published in 2003.
The SSSC is updating its approach from a traditional misconduct model to fitness to practise. It is seeking views on the revised Codes and the implementation of the fitness to practise approach in this consultation.
Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of the SSSC, said: ‘This is an important consultation on two of the core aspects of our work as the regulator of the social service workforce in Scotland.
‘It is an opportunity for everyone working in social services, employers, trade unions, people using services, carers, learning providers and members of the public to give us their views so that our regulatory activity continues to support the very highest standards.’
This formal consultation follows extensive engagement with stakeholders during summer 2015. The views already gathered have helped the SSSC prepare the revised Codes and the implementation of fitness to practise consultation.
The consultation is available online at www.sssc.uk.com/consultations/consultations/current-consultations and closes on 15 January 2015. Recommendations on the final version of the Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers and the implementation of a fitness to practise approach will be made in early 2016 and it is expected they will be implemented later in the year.
Full details of the consultation and how to respond are on the website.
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