Dr. Maria Mabetoa
Ms. Lungi Malamba
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.
Council, in conjunction with its Professional Boards, guides and regulates the professions of social work and child youth care work in aspects pertaining to registration; education and training; professional conduct and ethical behaviour; ensuring continuing professional development; and fostering compliance with professional standards. It promotes and protects the integrity of the social service professions as well as the interest of the public at large.
In order to safeguard the public as well as the integrity of the professions, no-one may practise social work or child and youth care work (at professional and auxiliary levels) without being registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professions as stipulated in the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978. Thus, registration is mandatory for social workers, social auxiliary workers, student social workers, student social auxiliary workers, child and youth care workers, auxiliary child and youth care workers, student child and youth care workers, and student auxiliary child and youth care workers.