All persons who practice any of the social service professions that falls under the auspices of the South African Council for Social Service Professions are obliged to register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions and renew their registration annually through the payment of annual fees as prescribed by the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978. Failure to do so constitutes a criminal offence.
Why Registration is Required
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.
Registration and annual fees
It is important that you pay your registration and subsequent annual fees on time.
IMPORTANT: Whenever you do any payment to Council always include your registration number or ID number as a reference. This is the only way that Council can track and confirm your payment.
Change of Particulars
Change of name/surname, contact details and more
Please direct registration related enquiries to MirriamL@sacssp.co.za
NEWS & Important Notices
The South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP/ Council) is a statutory body established in terms of section 2 of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 (the Act).On the basis of the Act’s provisions, Council’s comprehensive role is to be the determining, guiding and directing authority body within the structure of social service professions in South Africa. Council fulfils this role by setting the standards for education and training of practitioners and by taking policy resolutions as guidelines for the practising of the social service professions under its auspices. Council has two Professional Boards under its auspices: the Professional Board for Social Work and the Professional Board for Child and Youth Care Work.
The 4th Council for Social Service Professions, which was inaugurated on 21 June 2016, is constituted as follows:
Read more about our Executive Committee, Communications and Public Relations, Finance Committee, Human Resource Committee, Risk Audit Committee, IT & Business Re-Engineering Committee and our Transformation Committee
Read more about the Professional Board for Social Work and the Professional Board for Child and Youth Care
HISTORY OF COUNCIL
The present Act has undergone a number of amendments since 1978. The date is indeed pre-democracy, but major amendments were effected post 1994. This section provides a brief overview on the journey of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978.
After the Committee of Inquiry into Separate Legislation for the Social Work Profession (the Auret Committee) had completed its report on 7 July 1976, a further 18 months elapsed before draft legislation was ready for submission to Parliament during its 1978 session. The 1978 Act provided for the establishment of a South African Council for Social Work, and to define its powers and functions; for the registration of social workers, student social workers and social auxiliary workers; for control over the profession of social work; and for incidental matters. Read More…
Council Forms. Click on the name of the form to download the pdf version. Some forms are editable and can be completed electronically.
Download the pdf version of the Annual Report.
Council develop policies and guidelines to guide and support social service professionals.