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Scottish Social Services Awards 2017

A new award scheme is being launched to recognise and celebrate the work of the social services sector in Scotland and those that work in it.  It is run by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum, which launched a new shared vision and strategy for social services 2015-2020.

The awards aim to highlight best practice and those individuals who are helping make a difference to the lives of the people they help and support.  There will be ten award categories, reflecting the four work stands of the Strategy. They are new, distinctive and aim to highlight work which creates a positive impact. You can enter as an individual, a team or an organisation, or you can nominate others.

Further details on the Awards categories can be found here

Registration for nominations are now live at www.sssa.scot and follow the progress of applications on twitter at @SSSawards


Care in Scotland – Life Changing Work

SSSC have launched a social media project to raise awareness and tell the stories of people who work in social services.
Find out more about the Care in Scotland media project

Chief Social Work Adviser's blog

Alan Baird spends a significant amount of time visiting many services in Scotland from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders to the Western Isles, talking to front line staff, understanding some of the enormous challenges facing the various communities in Scotland.
Read more about Alan's visits on his blog

Key messages

Scotland needs a social services workforce which is: competent, confident and valued; capable of delivering personalised and flexible services which deliver improved outcomes for people and communities; able to work effectively with partners in delivery of high quality, safe, continually improving and user/carer focussed services.

These pages provide information on the social services workforce in Scotland, key organisations, related policy areas and guidance. 

More on this topic

  • Strategic Forum

    Informing and supporting the development of a vision and strategy for social services in Scotland

  • Safer recruitment

    Updating guidance on recruitment, making it as relevant as possible to employers of people who work with children and vulnerable adults

Sources of funding for training and development

Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF)

VSDF is available to contribute to the costs associated with meeting the required registration qualification criteria set by the SSSC and assists employers in achieving a qualified workforce.

Information on further sources of funding for training and development can be found on the SSSC website.