If you currently work in a residential child care setting this is the qualification needed, along with HNC: Social Services, to meet your Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration requirements.

Topics relevant to working with children and young people, including:

  • Child protection
  • Legislation
  • Health and safety
  • Communication
  • Values connected with residential child care
  • In addition, you will learn how to become a reflective practitioner
  • Flexible learning (to be completed in 9-12 months)
  • This qualification is achieved through continual assessment
  • You must be employed or working in as a practitioner in a residential child care setting

One of the following:

  • SVQ: Social Services at SCQF Level 6
  • Applicants with other SCQF Level 6 qualifications and experience of working in childcare will be considered on an individual basis

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

  • SVQ: Social Services SCQF Level 8
  • HNC: Additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual SCQF Level 7
  • HND: Additional Support Needs: Managing the Services SCQF Level 8
  • HNC: Social Services SCQF Level 7
  • This SVQ is accepted for registration with the SSSC at practitioner level and will help career enhancement and progression

You will be required to:

  • Attend an interview
  • Provide a Personal Statement submitted along with application form
  • Provide a reference at interview
  • You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course (visit for more information). If you are concerned about any information that may affect your PVG, you can contact our Guidance team to discuss this before submitting your application