Early learning and childcare – National induction resource

The Scottish Government have published the ‘National Induction Resource for ELC’  A comprehensive tool to support robust induction for new starts in ELC as we progress with 1140 hours expansion. 

Download the resource from  http://learningzone.workforcesolutions.sssc.uk.com/course/view.php?id=98

SSSC Guidance – Raising concerns in the workplace

The Care Inspectorate has released a new guidance document, containing information on what to do if you have a workplace concern. The paragraphs are taken from the introduction of the guidance: 

“Working in social services means you care for some of our most vulnerable citizens. Your position on the front line whether you are an employee, social worker, manager or supervisor means you are most likely to see poor practice when it happens.”

“Sometimes you see things that are wrong (which can vary from poor treatment, financial issues to employment conditions or the way a service is run) but you may not report it until it happens again. Or you may not be sure if it is wrong because you are new into a job. The important thing is to trust your judgment. If you see something you feel is wrong report it to your manager as soon as possible. Your colleagues may also have concerns, but if nobody speaks up its unlikely the situation will improve. You need to act to protect those in your care.”


Download the guidance from the SSSC website by clicking here. 

New childcare careers website launched

The following update comes from the SSSC:


Today sees the launch of a new website designed to encourage people to consider taking up a career in childcare. The Scottish Social Services Council website shows how someone can build a career in day care of children, which includes early learning and childcare (ELC), out of school care, childminding and other services where children are cared for during the day.

Childhood experiences last a lifetime and we need a skilled, confident workforce to make sure all children have the best start. With big increases planned for funded ELC in Scotland there’s never been a better time to start a career in childcare.

Our new easy to use website explains:

  • how the recent increase of funded ELC entitlement has created 11,000 more job opportunities between now and 2020
  • the diversity of career paths, shown through the career stories of current childcare professionals
  • the different ways to gain experience and qualifications
  • how to access learning resources and training providers

Working with children is fun, interesting and an opportunity to make a significant difference. We hope that anyone interested in this career can use the website to help make their first steps. For those already working in childcare we hope it gives some inspirational ideas about where their career might take them next.

We developed the website in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, the Care Inspectorate and Smarter Scotland (Scottish Government).

Visit the website at http://learn.sssc.uk.com/childcarecareers

SSSC Codes of Practice – what they mean for social services workers

When you register with the SSSC you must abide by their Codes of Practice for Social Services Workers. To help you understand what these codes mean for you, the SSSC have produced a short instructional video.

Click here to be taken to the SSSC website where you can watch the video. 

The SSSC’s new ‘professional simulator’ tool – help develop your assessment and decision making skills

The following information was taken from the SSSC Blog:

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“Professionals working together and understanding each other’s role plays a vital part in protecting children and young people and comes up as a critically important issues time and again.”

“You can develop your knowledge and understanding of how to work together by using our web-based multi-professional simulator which we created to enable workers supporting children and families to develop their assessment and decision-making skills. Based around a fictitious family, this learning resource provides a safe environment for professionals to assess information then choose from a range of actions. This in turn leads to outcomes for the child and his family resulting from the choices of the worker.”

Click here to learn more and use the SSSC Simulator.

SSSC – New Learning Strategy 2017-20

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The SSSC have released their ‘Learning Strategy 2017-20’, which details the way in which they aim to support workforce development over the next few years.

SSSC Chief Executive Anna Fowlie said:

“Significant change and challenge in social services and across public services means we need to change the way we support learning and development. We need to innovate and collaborate in response to public service reform, advances in digital learning and changes in the way services are delivered, like health and social care integration and developments in early learning and child care.”

Click here to read the 2017-2020 Learning Strategy.