Learning resources from the SSSC

Whatever your role and level of experience, the SSSC Learning Zone has apps and resources to help you develop your knowledge and skills. These are all completely free and you can work through them at your own pace. Learning from the resources can contribute towards your Post Registration Training and Learning (PRTL) and employers are more than welcome to use our resources within their workplaces.

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    Digital capabilities

    In a digital world the expectations of social service employers, the workforce and people who use services are changing. It’s becoming more and more important that workers are suitably equipped by developing their digital capabilities.

    We have developed this free, online resource to help social service workers develop their digital capabilities to support learning and practice.

    Self-assessment cards

    Digital learning approaches are often suggested as possible solutions to the challenges of limited resources and reducing budgets. However, it isn’t as simple as replacing face-to-face learning with online modules. There are a wide range of issues to think about to support this learning if we want to be sure it is effective.

    These interactive self-assessment cards will support conversations about how you support digital learning in your organisation and help you develop an action plan to improve your support for digital learning.

    Web based learning

    Every day we have to make decisions relating to our roles. Some of these are straightforward and easy to make, while others are more difficult and may involve a range of options. We are all accountable for the decisions that we make in our roles, so making a ‘wrong’ choice could mean that you have to justify why you made it, particularly if it leads to poorer outcomes for people who use your services. This learning resource provides you with some challenging decisions, which enables you to see how your decisions might affect the outcomes of people if you had to make them in real life situations.

    PDF workbook

    This pack is for anyone who wishes to use an Appreciative Inquiry approach to support service improvement or redesign. It offers a programme structure and supporting materials for a cycle of Appreciative Inquiry carried out over three sessions. You can use the whole resource to facilitate a cycle of Appreciative Inquiry or you can pick the materials to suit your learning, planning or service improvement activity.

    Web based learning

    App for smartphones and tablets (Android, iOS and WIndows)

    These resources are designed to support you whilst carrying out your day to day duties with the public. You’ll find them useful if you’re preparing for assessment for a SVQ in Social Service and Healthcare (e.g. "Administer Medication to Individuals") or the Professional Development Award, "Administration of Medication".

    The smartphone resource is also intended to be a day to day reference tool but it shouldn’t be considered as a ‘training course’.


    App for smartphones and tablets (Android, iOS and Windows)

    This app has been developed to be used as a reference resource for all workers whose role includes supporting or caring for adults. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the worker's own organisation's adult support and protection policies and procedures.

    PDF workbook

     Are you part of the social care or children, early years and young people’s workforce? This toolkit includes a range of activities to help you begin the process of career planning and planning your ongoing learning and development.

    Web based learning

    This provides access to resources and information for anyone working in Day Care of Children's Services in Scotland.

    Web based learning

    The Continuous Learning Framework (CLF) aims to improve outcomes for people using social services by supporting the workforce delivering them to be the best they can be.

    Tablet app

    If you have regular contact with people who are living with dementia then this resource is worth looking at. It will provide you with a path to better understanding how social and emotional needs impact on well-being for people with dementia.