Why Registration is Required
It is a legal requirement
Registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions is a pre-requisite for professional practice and legal requirement as prescribed by the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978.
It is your license to practise your profession[need to language check]
Registration with Council is first and foremost a legal requirement and no one can practice their profession without being registered. However, there is much more to the value and purpose of professional registration than the payment of registration fees and it being a legal requirement.
Professional registration is your licence to practice your profession with pride and confidence. Here are a few benefits that are implied in your registration as a social service professional with Council:
- You are immediately associated with the qualifications and competencies associated with the profession that you are registered for.
- You are recognised by your peers within the social services professions as well as other professions that you meet the minimum requirements associated with your profession.
- You are respected in multiple multi-disciplinary teams for your profession as well as your obligation to legally adhere to a code of ethics.
- You are sanctioned to execute certain unique tasks that are only associated to the profession you are registered for.
- You are empowered by various laws to execute statutory tasks that are solely associated to the profession that you are registered for.
- You can call yourself the exclusively reserved name associated with profession that you are registered for, e.g. social worker or child and youth care worker. Persons who are not registered with Council may not use these reserved names/titles and if they use it without being the registered they break the law and may be subject to criminal sanctions.
- Employers know that you meet the requirements expected from your profession and are assured that you have the qualifications and ability to practice your profession.
- Employers know that you are required to continuous professional development that increases their confidence that you will be up to date with the developments in your professional field.
- The public (clients) knows that you are qualified to execute the responsibilities associated with your profession with confidence and in adherence with the ethics associated with your profession.
- The public is protected against unethical practices and professional misconduct. Also, you know that your profession and own professionalism are protected and promoted through strict adherence to professional conduct requirements and the consequences imposed by law through Council for misconduct and/or unethical behaviour.
- You can market yourself as a social service professional that you are registered for.
- International recognition for the social service profession that you are registered for as a result of the recognition of Council and its standards internationally.
In short, being registered gives the professional credibility and lends credence to the profession.
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