National care standards: care homes for children and young people

National care standards: care homes for children and young people Edition

Annex C Information on SSSC registration

The Scottish Social Services Council ( SSSC) has set the qualification requirements and timescales for different groups of workers to be registered with the SSSC. This includes all residential childcare workers.

Groups of workers and timescales:

  • Registration of heads of residential childcare began in April 2005
  • Registration of workers with supervisory responsibilities begins from October 2005
  • Registration of other residential childcare workers begins from June 2006.

The SSSC may register workers without the relevant qualifications subject to the condition that they meet all other criteria for registration and that they gain the qualification within a specified period of time, normally the first three years of the registration period. The SSSC has also recognised that employers will need to phase access to registration for larger groups of workers such as residential childcare workers in order to allow sufficient time for workers to achieve required qualifications.

There is a range of qualifications that can meet the requirement for registration. To obtain a copy of the full list go to or telephone 01382 207101 or email

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