Education, Training and Development

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Overview

The Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 indicates that only persons with the prescribed qualifications may register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions. Thus, Council and its Professional Boards have explicit responsibilities and powers regarding qualifications of social service practitioners. These responsibilities are executed with diligence to ensure that Council and the Professional Boards not only protect and promote the interests of the professions, but also maintain and enhance the prestige, status, integrity and dignity of the professions by ensuring that the standards for training and education programmes are met.

Mandate on education, training and development

The South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) has the following particular responsibilities with regards to education and training in terms of section 3 of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978:

  • to determine, on the recommendation of the Professional Boards, the qualifications for registration of social service professionals in respect of which professional boards have been established;
  • to control and to exercise authority in respect of all matters affecting the training of persons in accordance with the developmental social welfare approach; and
  • to promote liaison in the field of training relating to social services both in the Republic and elsewhere, and to promote the standards of such training in the Republic.

The Professional Boards have the following particular responsibilities with regards to education and training in terms of section 14B of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978:

  • to control and to exercise authority in respect of all matters affecting the training of persons in the professions falling within the ambit of the professional board; and
  • to promote liaison, in co-operation with the training institutions, both in the Republic and elsewhere, and to promote the standards of such training in the Republic;
  • to determine the minimum standards of education and training of persons practising the professions falling within the ambit of the professional board;

In enabling the Professional Boards to execute the above responsibilities section 14C of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 confers the following powers to a Professional Board:

  • to approve institutions, schools and departments that provide education and training with respect to professions falling within the ambit of the professional board;
  • to recognise any qualification, upon application, held by a person (whether such qualification has been obtained in the Republic or elsewhere) as being equal, provided that such qualification indicates a standard of professional education and training not lower than that prescribed qualification.

Section 17C of the Act also allows for the registration of additional qualifications and specialities by social service practitioners.

Persons who obtained their qualifications outside the Republic of South Africa may also apply to register with Council, subject to the provisions of section 17D of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978.  Click here for more information.

In terms of section 17B Council has an explicit responsibility to ensure that training institutions comply with the provisions of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978. In the case where any training institution does not comply and such non-compliance has an adverse effect on the standards maintained at that training institution in respect of the education and training the professions Council may recommend to the Minister to issue a notice in the Gazette declaring that any specified degree, diploma or certificate awarded by such training institution after a date specified in the notice will not serve as a prescribed qualification. After the aforementioned notice was issued and Council is satisfied that provision has been made for complying with the requirements of the Act by any training institution concerned in respect of any degree, diploma or certificate, Council may recommend that the Minister withdraw the notice issued.

Council’s work on education, training and development

Council’s Education, Training and Development division follows a developmental approach and is committed to constructive, supportive and collaborative relationships with Higher Education and Training, Further Education and Training Colleges and other training providers in the interest of each specific profession. It regards appropriate qualifications as the foundation of each profession and recognises that knowledge and skills related to the professions need to be rooted in South African and African knowledge and approaches, while also keeping abreast with the international trends.

Programmes within the division include:

  • Quality assurance of training of social workers, social auxiliary workers, child and youth care workers and auxiliary child and youth care workers is done in collaboration with all the Higher Education and Training Institutions.
  • Continuing professional development (CPD)of each professional group as directed by Council and the Professional Boards. Click here for more information.
  • Registration of additional qualifications and specialities of social service practitioners in accordance with section 17C of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 and the regulations thereto. Click here for more information.
  • Assessment of qualifications obtained outside the Republic of South Africa. Click here for more information.
  • Assessment of ecometric tools. Click here for more information.
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