The social service workforce

Our role is to raise standards of practice, strengthen and support social service workers and increase the protection of people who use services. This includes developing a confident and competent social service workforce.

There are over 189,000 social service workers in Scotland today, working in a range of settings with a variety of different people who use services. Social service workers include people working in social work and social care, such as care home services for adults and children and young people in the community and early years settings such as nurseries or out of school care clubs.

Most people will come into contact with social services at some time in their lives. It might be you or a family member that uses a care service, such as your child going to nursery or parent living in a care home. You’ll know how important a quality care service can be.