SSSC and Aberdeen Law Project launch free advice initiative
Law students are set to provide free legal advice to workers under investigation by the Scottish Social Services Council following the announcement of a tie-up between the organisations.
The SSSC and the Aberdeen Law Project (ALP) have announced that registered workers whose fitness to practise is under investigation with the SSSC can now seek free legal advice and representation from ALP.
The initiative aims to provide workers with a new source of representation and to make make the fitness to practise process more accessible.
SSSC head of fitness to practise, Martin Campbell, said: “The aims of ALP are closely aligned to our interest in improving the accessibility of the fitness to practise process.
“We have delivered training to ALP covering the legal framework the SSSC operates in and our processes. We look forward to ALP helping workers through the fitness to practise process.”
ALP deputy student director, Martyna Proczek, said: “Our initiative with the SSSC will increase access to justice and we are excited to begin operating in this space.
“Improving access to justice is key to our mission and we look forward to being able to assist SSSC registered workers across Scotland.”
SSSC chief executive, Lorraine Gray, added: “We understand that having your fitness to practise investigated can be a stressful and difficult time for registered workers and that’s why making sure our fitness to practise process is proportionate and accessible is one of our strategic priorities. This new initiative will help towards that.”