On this page you can find announcements about publication dates and updates about our work.

Publication of the 2017-2018 SVQ report

21 Mar 2019
Demand for SVQs expected to rise

Demand for SVQs for people working in adults and children’s services is expected to rise, our latest annual report SVQs in the Scottish Social Service Sector 2017/18 shows.

The report presents a detailed analysis of the entries (registrations) and awards (certifications) in relevant SVQs for social services and healthcare (primarily adult services) and children and young people frameworks. 
The report focuses on data from 2016-17 and 2017-18. It also includes the proportion of SVQ activity made up by Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) in Scotland. The report looks at the registrations and certifications by level and framework.

Information is also provided on annual trends in registrations and certifications by framework and level from 2012-13 onwards. In 2012-13 there were fewer than 10,000 SVQ registrations which is the lowest number seen since before 2005. However, since 2012-13 there has been an increase of 10% in registrations, although overall numbers have remained at around 10,750 in the last two years.

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Publication of 2017 Children's Services Workforce Report

30 Jan 2019

We are pleased to announce the publication of The Children’s Services Workforce 2017. This report looks at the workforce in children’s services in Scotland broken by sub-sector, and focuses in detail on the three sub-sectors which can be split further (day care of children, residential child care, and school care accommodation). It supplements data already published in the Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2017 Workforce Data.

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Publication of the Staff vacancies in care services 2017 report

15 Jan 2019

The Care Inspectorate and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have today published new figures on the levels of staff vacancies in Scotland’s social care services.

As with the previous report, this report provides a national overview of vacancies and recruitment difficulties reported by care services to the Care Inspectorate, the body which registers and inspects all social care services. It also introduces for the first time data on the actual number of vacancies services have, held by the SSSC, the social service workforce regulator.

The report is available here 

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Publication of Adults' services workforce report 2017

19 Dec 2018

We are pleased to announce the publication today of the report on Adults' services for 2017. The Adults' services report is available here 

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Interactive social worker data tool 2017 update published

26 Oct 2018

We have recently released an update to the Excel based Social Worker Data Tool (available here). The aim of this tool is to make the information on practising Social Workers employed by local authorities more accessible.

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Publication of 2017 LA post type data

26 Oct 2018

We are pleased to announce that the breakdown of LA post types for 2017 was published on Friday 26th October (available here). The spreadsheets present headcount and WTE (whole time equivalent) data of all filled posts in local authority social work services where those employed do not work in a registered care service. This therefore covers staff working primarily in field social work services.

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