Childminders: SSSC Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers

Childminders come under the category of ‘social service workers’ and therefore the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Codes of Practice (the Codes) apply. Under these rules, childminders are obligated to ‘take responsibility for maintaining and improving their skills’.

The SSSC first published the Codes in 2003, setting out the national standards of conduct and practice that apply to all social service workers. The 2016 revised Codes is the second edition and takes account of developments in social services policy and practice. The Codes are a tool for you to use to think about how you can continually improve your practice and they let people who use your service know what they can expect from you.


To earn this badge you will need to:

  • have access to and read a copy of the Codes (revised in November 2016)
  • choose three of the six statements from the Codes for workers and, for each of these, tell us how these are demonstrated in your practice
  • tell us what you do to make sure parents are aware of the Codes.


None. This badge does not require you to hold any other badges.


Provide a statement, of around 150 words, telling us why you meet the criteria for this badge. Read the criteria carefully before submitting your statement, as your application will be declined if you don’t cover all of it within your evidence. Submit your statement using the badge application form below or paste a link to your own blog or eportfolio.

If you want to use a blog or eportfolio entry as evidence, you might find our guide to preparing and publishing your evidence useful. We will also accept links to short audio or video statements if you prefer these formats.

Remember, the evidence you provide will be viewable by anyone who you show your badge to. Please don’t include confidential or private information within your evidence.

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Childminders: SSSC Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers

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