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Find out how the SSSC is run and held to account

Council and committees

The Council, made up of a Convener and members, oversees our work. The Council has set up an Audit and Assurance Committee and several other committees, such as the Fitness to Practise Committee and Special Appeals Committee.

Find out more about our Council and committees here.

Our organisational structure

We have four directorates that carry out our statutory and workforce development role and provide support functions. We have a shared service with the Care Inspectorate for human resources, finance and estates, health and safety.

You can find out about our organisational structure here.


We aim to work to the highest standards of integrity in the public interest. Our code of governance ensures that we achieve this.

The framework we operate in means that we:

  • are focused on outcomes
  • work in clearly defined roles
  • promote values for the whole organisation and demonstrate good governance through behaviour
  • take informed and transparent decisions which are subject to scrutiny
  • engage with stakeholders to make sure we are accountable.

The SSSC has a corporate governance framework which includes:

You can see our published reports here and the reports submitted to Council and Committee here.

You can see the list of policies, procedures and strategies approved by Council and the Executive Management Team (EMT) here.

Performance management and scrutiny

The Audit and Assurance Committee meet quarterly to review the assurance report. This report contains:

  • strategic key performance indicator information
  • financial monitoring information
  • strategic risk information.

You can find these reports here.


Visit our About the SSSC page for details and links to our reports.


As a non-departmental public body (NDPB) the SSSC helps contribute to the Scottish Government’s National Outcomes. One of the outcomes is to ensure public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people’s needs and procurement has a significant role to play in achieving this outcome.

Visit our procurement page to find out more.

Equality and diversity

We are committed to valuing diversity and improving opportunity for all. We are responsible for registering people who work in social services and regulating their education and training. Our vision is of a competent, confident workforce, capable of delivering high quality services, a workforce that has the confidence of the public, those who use services and their carers. We aim to put people who use services and carers at the centre of everything we do.

You can find out more about equality and diversity here.

Related information

Council meetings and papers

Remuneration of Council members and salaries of senior staff

SSSC Register of Council members interests

SSSC Council and Commitee structure

Annual Report and Accounts 2022-2023

Annual Report and Accounts of the Scottish Social Services Council for 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023

View the Report and Accounts


Find out more about registering with the SSSC including what qualifications you need and how much it costs.

Supporting the workforce

Discover our free learning resources and how our work can support your learning and development.

Fitness to practise

Read more about our fitness to practise process, registrant responsibilities and how to make a complaint about a worker.