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New Year, New Challenges, 11 January 2016  Book Now!
Join us at 12.30 pm for a networking lunch. Then, hear about the review of the Leadership Strategy followed by break-out sessions choosing from:
  • Findings from the 2015 Benchmarking Survey on pay and conditions
  • The new SSSC Review of Codes. Hear about the proposed codes and supplementary guidance. Have your chance to influence.
  • The new Fitness to Practise Guidance. Get to grips with the  guidance and discuss the issues it raises for employers
  • Evidencing National Health and Wellbeing outcomes within SDS. How do we promote and evidence these indicators within self-directed support?
SSSC Codes of Practice Review – Formal Consultation Started
A number of changes are being proposed to the SSSC Codes of Practice and a consultation is underway that will run until 15 January 2016.  This is your opportunity to help shape and influence the codes which lie at the heart of social care practice in Scotland.

CCPS has been pressing for extending the scope of the codes to those engaged in commissioning and procuring of social services and has some concerns about the responsibilities being placed on workers and employers subject to more than one professional code.

CCPS Workforce Associate David Strathearn is on the Codes Review Steering Group and welcomes any feedback from providers. Please email: david.strathearn@ccpscotland.org
Statutory Guidance on Fair Work Practices issued
Scottish Government has now published its Statutory Guidance on the Selection of Tenders and Award of Contracts - Addressing Fair Work Practices, including Living Wage in Procurement. CCPS welcomes the link being made between living wage, fair work practices and the quality of services being provided.  However, the guidance does not specify that contract values need to be set high enough to ensure that providers will be able to pay the living wage and maintain other aspects of fair work practice. As such, the impact of the guidance may be limited.
 
The publication of this guidance comes before the recently established Fair Work Convention has concluded its first year’s work, which is to identify what ‘Fair Work’ might actually mean in practice, and advise accordingly. The guidance makes clear reference to expectations on the part of suppliers for ‘Fair Work’ conditions, but the Convention has yet to define these conditions. 
 
We are keen to hear from providers who are seeing any positive effect on local procurement practices and their workforce as a result of the issue of this statutory guidance.
 
Please contact CCPS Workforce Associate, judith.midgley@ccpscotland.org
Common Core of Skills, Knowledge and Values – Your view sought
Earlier this year the SSSC convened a Steering Group representing health, justice, community learning and development and social services and asked it to identify a “Common Core” of skills, knowledge and values that every paid employee, self-employed person or volunteer in the public sector should possess and demonstrate.
 
The group has just drafted a Common Core Skills, Knowledge and Values ‘grid’  intended to help employers and workers focus on what is fundamentally important to people using public services. From January, the Steering Group will consider how to implement the Common Core, but for now it is interested in finding out what people like or dislike about the draft and if they think anything is missing.
 
David Purdie is leading this project and would like to hear your views.  Please contact: david.purdie@sssc.uk.com
Disclosure of Spent Convictions
Changes have been made to the way spent convictions are disclosed through the introduction of a new concept of ‘protected’ convictions which, once spent and 15 years (adults) or 7.5 years (under 18 year olds) have elapsed will not be disclosed. 
 
The changes were introduced on 10 September 2015 but a consultation has just concluded before a Remedial Order 2015 is introduced. A balance needs to be struck between promoting rehabilitation and promoting safe recruitment and the extent to which these changes achieve the right balance has been considered by CCPS in constructing its response to the consultation. The changes hinge around 2 lists of convictions which will always be disclosed and convictions which will be disclosed subject to rules about spent convictions and time lapse.
Safer Recruitment Guidance Published
Scottish Government have recently embarked upon a review of the ‘Safer Recruitment through Better Recruitment’ national guidance.  The review will be conducted by Scottish Social Services Council and Care Inspectorate. For more information on the drivers for the review and the process it will follow click here. The intention is that this work will culminate in the creation of on line resource, to be launched in September 2016.
 
We have input to the review from our sector through the Voluntary and Private Sector Safer Recruitment Group. It has met three times and so far has:
  • Identified areas missing from the Guidance or which need updating.
  • Held a workshop on Values Led Recruitment, including recruiting seldom employed groups.
  • Liaised with the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser, Social Work Scotland, SSSC and the Care Inspectorate.
  • Influenced the content and process for the review.
  • Nominated people to the Safer Recruitment Programme Board, due to meet for the first time in January.
If you would like to attend the Voluntary and Private Sector Safer Recruitment Group and/or be included on the circulation list for the notes of these meetings, please contact Judith Midgley, CCPS Workforce Associate at judith.midgley@ccpscotland.org
Do you employ Nurses? Consultation on Shortage Occupation List
The Migration Advisory Committee has been asked to review whether nurses should be included on the Shortage Occupation List from April 2016.  The have issued a new call for evidence in relation to this request.  The closing date for this consultation is Thursday, 31st December 2015
 
The inclusion or exclusion of nurses on the Shortage Occupation List could affect organisations wishing or needing to employ nurses from outside of the EEA.  If this is an issue that affects your organisation, please consider submitting evidence to this.
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