Social care codes of practice

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The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

In England and Wales, the General Social Care Council is responsible for increasing the protection of service users, their carers and the general public by regulating the social care workforce and by ensuring that standards within the social care sector are of the highest quality. It has developed codes of practice for everyone working in the social care sector, which include information on protecting the rights and promoting the interests of service users and carers.

In Scotland, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is responsible for registering people who work in the social services and regulating their education and training.  Its role is to increase the protection of people who use social services, to raise standards of practice and to increase public confidence in the sector. 

When a social service worker applies to register with the SSSC, they must agree to abide by the Code of Practice for Social Service Workers, which sets out the conduct expected of social service workers and informs people who use social services and the public about the standards they can expect. The SSSC can investigate the conduct of registered social service workers.

When an allegation of misconduct comes to the attention of the SSSC, it will consider whether there is an issue about a social service worker’s suitability to remain on the register.

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