Social Care Terminology

New to social care, what does it all mean?

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) protects the public by registering social workers and setting standards for their practice, conduct, training and education.

Care Inspectorate
Carries out inspections to ensure the quality of care in Scotland meets high standards.

Person-centred Care
An approach that supports people to develop the skills and confidence needed for them to make informed decisions about their own health and care.

Trauma-informed Practice
An approach to social care that understands that trauma exposure can impact an individual’s neurological, biological, psychological and social development.

Key worker
A lead role with people who use the service. A key worker may be involved in the development and upkeep of a personal plan.

Stands for Protecting Vulnerable Groups. This scheme is managed by Disclosure Scotland and helps ensure people who are applying to work in regulated roles with children and protected adults are suitable for this work.

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ’s)
Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) are work-based qualifications which set a level of competence for the sector. They are usually delivered at work in partnership with a college or training provider.

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