The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is responsible for registering people who work in social services and regulating their education and training.
Our role is to raise standards of practice, strengthen and support the workforce and increase the protection of people who use services. Our vision is a competent, confident workforce, capable of delivering high quality services that has the confidence of the public, those who use services and their carers.
Scotland's social services need effective leadership at all levels within the workforce, as well as strong citizen leadership from people who use services and their carers.
Both individuals and employers have a role to play in making this happen. Individuals must commit to continuously develop their own leadership skills and capability, while employers must ensure their organisations develop a supportive organisational culture where individuals can use and enhance their leadership skills. This includes empowering people working in and using social services, and encouraging professional autonomy, creativity, measured risk-taking and initiative.
People who work in and use social services told us through our Leading Together Research that:
Step into Leadership aims to help you find the leadership information and resources relevant to your role in social services. Resources have been sourced from existing websites including Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS), the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services, and the Social Care Institute for Excellence. You may also be interested in visiting the Improvement Service’s Access2Learning site which holds many learning resources. You have to apply for a login to this site and for some of the resources on the SSKS site.
The website is split into 4 leadership pathways. 'Pathway' describes the route by which an individual chooses to navigate the leadership development resources. Each person's pathway will be unique, as they develop leadership knowledge, skills and capability appropriate to their role, level of responsibility, leadership aspirations and learning needs:
Step into Leadership is regularly updated with new resources and information. If you have any feedback on the site, or would like to recommend a resource that you think others would find useful, please contact us.
Why not join the online leadership community? You can give us feedback about the site here as well as sharing your own experiences with others using the resources. For more information please contact us.
If you need help with anything not listed here please contact us.
The SSSC makes every effort to ensure that the information published on its website is accurate and up-to-date. The information contained on the website does not constitute legal or professional advice and should not be treated as a substitute for such advice.
The website contains links which are not under the control of and are not maintained by the SSSC. The SSSC gives no warranty or representation as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the websites referenced by external link.
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