Workforce registration for Care at Home/Housing Support supervisors
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) register for care at home/housing support supervisors opened on 30th June 2014. This means that existing supervisors can choose to register with the SSSC but they do not have to register until 30th June 2017. In order to register with the SSSC, a person must be employed in a service that is registered with the Care Inspectorate and achieve relevant qualifications.
Supervisors new in post since 30th June 2014 will have just six months to gain registration. Supervisors still working towards achieving the required qualifications can register with the SSSC but are required to agree to complete the required qualifications within a certain time period.
Liaison with the SSSC
The SSSC will meet with the Workforce Development Network on a quarterly basis to discuss issues relating to registration and fitness to practise. A great deal of interest has been expressed in the meetings, and managers from 15 provider organisations will represent the sector. A remit for the meetings will be made available at the first meeting which will take place on 19th September. Topics will include:
- Registration deadlines
- Planning regarding qualifications for workers
- Use of MySSSC for registration
- Employer countersignatories
- Checking the status of workers’ registrations
- Six months rule for new workers.
Fitness to Practise
- When cases about the conduct of workers should be referred to the SSSC
- The process for referral to the SSSC and information required
- Employers’ responsibilities under the SSSC’s Codes of Practice and the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001
- Any proposed changes to the SSSC’s Rules/policies/procedures that apply to casework
- Matters of concern to service providers re: the SSSC’s casework
- Opportunities for improvement in the Fitness to Practise department’s work
Agendas will be developed and action notes will be shared with all those who have indicated they wish to be involved. Issues discussed will be made available more generally.
For further information please contact Yvette Burgess at: email@example.com
Voluntary Sector Development Fund (VSDF)
The Scottish Government has confirmed that just under £100M will be provided this year for the Voluntary Sector Development Funding (VSDF), to support voluntary sector organisations providing social services which are registered with the Care Inspectorate. The priority groups of workers which are eligible for support include Housing Support Supervisors and Workers.
Guidance notes and the application form are available on the SSSC website. Completed applications must be sent to VSDF@scotland.gsi.gov.uk by 29 August 2014.
Impact of welfare reform on the workforce
A research report, commissioned by CCPS in conjunction with the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS), has found that voluntary sector care and support staff are experiencing increased levels of stress, as well as greater demands on support services, due to the rollout of welfare reform changes, introduced in 2012 by the UK coalition government.
The research report, funded in partnership with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), found that third sector social care staff are increasingly being asked to perform tasks outside of their main care and support role to assist with the growing number of benefit-related issues faced by the vulnerable individuals and families that they support. Staff reported dealing with higher caseloads, involving more complex issues related to welfare reform, which is leading to increased stress and anxiety for many workers.
Recommendations in the report include:
- Continued campaigning and evidence-gathering to prompt changes to the benefits system
- More training and information to be made available for care and support staff in the voluntary sector
- Government agencies, such as Job Centres, to cooperate more with care and support services in the interests of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
Welfare reform training for supported housing staff
It has never been more challenging to navigate around the benefits system. The role of housing support workers has become increasingly focused on understanding welfare reform changes and assisting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities to access financial assistance. The Housing Support Enabling Unit (HSEU), in conjunction with CCPS and the Criminal Justice Voluntary Sector Forum (CJVSF), will deliver a training day focusing on:
The course will be delivered in Glasgow on 27th August and in Dundee on 28th August.
- the ‘bedroom tax’;
- Discretionary Housing Payments;
- avoiding or dealing with sanctions; and
- JSA sanctions easement and the new concept of ‘specified accommodation’.
Taking meaningful risks
In June 2014, the Providers and Personalisation (P&P) programme, in partnership with the Workforce Development Network, ran three events on risk enablement and self-directed support in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. The events were attended by 170 participants from both support providers and local authorities. The events provided an opportunity to acknowledge the tensions that exist around regulation, risk and choice.
A report from the events is now available to download here: SDS and Risk Enablement Point on Practice P&P final
Further resources from the events, which include feedback from the workshop discussions, the Top Tweets competition and Next Steps from participants, are available to download from the P&P website resources section: Taking Meaningful Risks Events June 2014, P&P
National Care Standards Review consultation
The Scottish Government is undertaking a consultation on the review of the current National Care Standards. The review is seeking to take a person-centred and human rights-based approach towards the development of care standards across health and social care.
The consultation period will last until 17 September 2014 and will consider the National Care Standards' structure, how they should be written, how they will be used and enforced, as well as the means to assess their impact.
For more information about the consultation, including details of how to respond, please see the following link: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/06/7325
CCPS has contributed to the process of review through its participation on the National Care Standards Project Board and is seeking members’ views in order to prepare a collective response to the current consultation. If you would like to share your views with us, please contact Yvette Burgess: firstname.lastname@example.org