Education, Training and Development

Overview

The Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 requires that only persons that meets the prescribed minimum educational requirements register and practice the profession that falls within the ambit of the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) and its Professional Boards. Currently these include social workers, social auxiliary workers, child and youth care workersin the professional category and child and youth care workers in the auxiliary category (also referred to as social service professionals).

The SACSSP together with the Professional Board for Social Work and Professional Board for Child and Youth Care Workhave the following core responsibilities to ensure and assist the social service professionals enter their respective professions with the requisite knowledge and skills to practice that profession. In this regard, the SACSSP together with the Professional Boards has the legal obligation:

  • to determine the prescribed qualifications that will be acceptable to register a social service professional with the SACSSP.
  • to determine the minimum standards of education and training of persons practising the professions falling within the ambit the SACSSP.
  • to control and to exercise authority in respect of all matters affecting the training of social service professionalsfalling within the ambit of the SACSSP. This includes regular reviews and quality assurance of learning programmes provided by training institutions.
  • to approve the learning programmes by training institutions, schools and departments that provide education and training with respect to professions falling within the ambit of SACSSP.
  • to maintain minimum standards of practice through Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • to assess and recognise qualifications obtained outside the Republic of South Africa, before a person is allowed to register with the SACSSP.
  • to recognise or prescribe the degrees, diplomas or certificates which may be registered as additional qualifications with the SACSSP.
  • to prescribe the proficiencies which may be registered as specialities in specific professional categories.

Council’s Education, Training and Development Division follows a developmental approach and is committed to constructive, supportive and collaborative relationships with Higher Education Institutions, Further Education and Training Colleges and other training providers in the interest of each specific profession. For more information on the ETD Division, download the brochure here. (forth coming)

The following links will re-direct to specific areas related to education, training and development:

For information related to training institutions see Learning Programmes

For information related to CPD see Continuing Professional Development

For more information on specialities see Specialties in Social Work orSpecialties in Child and youth care work.

For more information on qualifications obtained outside the Republic of South Africa see Foreign Applications and International qualifications

For more information on the registration of additional qualifications Learning Programmes.

For more Assessment of ecometric tools. Click here for more information.(forth coming)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) not only have the responsibility together with the Professional Boards to determine the standards of professional practice of social workers, social auxiliary workers, child and youth care workersin the professional category and child and youth care workersin the auxiliary category, but also to ensure that these standards of practice are maintained (see section 3 of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978).

All social service professionals, whether at professional or auxiliary level,havean ethical and professional responsibility to continually update their professional knowledge and skills for the end benefit of the clients and communities that they serve. The SACSSP established policies and minimum standards and requirements for continuingprofessional development of all practitioners practising aprofession, on recommendation of the Professional Board for Social Work and Professional Board for Child and Youth Care Work respectively. This will help to ensure that persons practising their professions are up to date with the most recent knowledge, techniques andpractices of their profession.

An updated list of CPD activities approved by the respective Professional Boards is available under Professions’ CPD Activities.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is profession specific and the relevant policies, standards and forms can be downloaded for each professional category below:

SOCIAL WORK

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE WORK

FORMS FOR CPD

For all CPD training providers

FORM E.2.1: Application: CPD Training provider/ programme

FORM E.2.5: Appeal by CPD provider

FORM E.2.7: Accredited CPD programme certificate (template)(Forth coming)

For all practitioners

FORM E.2.3: CPD:Portfolio of evidence

FORM E.2.4: CPD Self-study report

FORM E.2.6: CPD Appeal by social service practitioner(Forth coming)

 

Professions’ CPD Activities

CPD training programmes provided by the SACSSP and its Professional Boards

Professional Board for Child and Youth Care Work

In Service Training Programme: A Child and Youth Care Response to the COVID-19 pandemic
A free online in-service training course of the SACSSP’s Professional Board for Child and Youth Care Work in collaboration with the NACCW, the Children’s Institute, Jelly Beanz, Durban Child and Youth Care Centre and UNICEF South Africa.

CPD ACTIVITIES PROVIDED BY EXTERNAL PROVIDERS

The lists of approved CPD activities for social service professionals can be downloaded below. Please note that these list are updated on a regular basis, so please check back for more up to date versions.

Social work

Update list on CPD for social work [date]

Child and youth care work

Update list on CPD for child and youth care work[date]

ADVERTISEMENT OF A CPD ACTIVITY

CPD providers may advertise with the SACSSP. Please download the SACSSP advertisement Rate Care here if interested.

Links to paid advertisement for CPD activities are published below. Click on the link to open the advertisement.

[Link 1]

[Link 2]

CPD Online

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) online is not available. The SACSSP is investigating this option with the Professional Boards and will send out a notice to all social service practitioners when this function is established.

Learning Programmes

LEARNING PROGRAMMES FOR QUALIFICATIONS IN THE SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS

A ‘learning programme’ is any structured and purposeful set of learning experiences that leads to a qualification or part-qualification (SAQA) and is provided by a training institution which include a university, college or other institution where a qualification can be obtained which complies with the requirements of prescribed qualifications.A prescribed qualification refers to the minimum or basic qualification that is needed to practice at a professional or auxiliary level of a specific profession. Thus, with the ambit of the mandate of the South African Council for Social Service Professions and its Professional Board, a learning programme is that programme that leads to a qualification at levels 4 to 10 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) that to meets the minimum standards of education and training of persons practising the professions falling within the domain of Council. These currently includes social workers, social auxiliary workers, child and youth care workers (in the professional category) and child and youth care workers (in the auxiliary category).

Only persons with the prescribed qualifications that meet the required minimum standards as set by South African Council for Social Service Professions on recommendation of a specific Professional Board, may be registered in terms of sections 17(1), 18(1) and 18A(1) as social workers, social auxiliary workers, child and youth care workers (in the professional category) and child and youth care workers (in the auxiliary category).

The South African Council for Social Service Professions together with Professional Boards has the responsibility to quality assure these learning programmes that leads to the prescribed qualification. This helps to ensure that, no matter where a person has obtained the prescribed qualification related to a profession, that such a person will have the same requisite knowledge and skills to practice that profession.

IMPORTANT:

When a person obtained a qualification that was not approved and/or recognised by the South African Council for Social Service Professions and the applicable Professional Board, that person may not be able to practise after completion of his or her studies as he or she will not be able to register, as the qualification is not recognised as meeting the minimum standards.

If you want to study or are busy studying social work, child and youth care work, social auxiliary work or child and youth care work (auxiliary level), at a training institution it is your RIGHT as a student to enquire from the training institution proof that the learning programme (qualification) is a prescribed qualification that is recognised by the South African Council for Social Service Professions. You are welcome to contact the Education, Training and Development Divisions of Council to verify that the qualification you intend enrolling for or is enrolled in, is approved and recognised by the SACSSP.

LEARNING PROGRAMMES IN SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL AUXILIARY WORK

Bachelor of Social Work

Council and the Professional Board for Social Work have set minimum standards for the Bachelor of Social Work learning programmes at any Higher Education Institution (HEI) in South Africa. Click on the documents below to download the standards and the assessment tool:

Norms and standards for Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) (2020)

Assessment Tool for the Quality Assurance of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programme (2020)

For more information regarding training institutions that provide the prescribe learning programmes for qualifications in social work, click on Higher education institutions.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

(Forth coming)

International Qualifications

Persons who has obtained their qualifications outside of the Republic of South Africa as a social worker, social auxiliary worker, child and youth care worker (professional category) or child and youth care worker (auxiliary category) may register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) subject to the conditions stipulated in section 17D of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978.

See Foreign Applications for more information.

Higher Education Institutions

A training institution is defined in section 1 of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 as a university, college or other institution where a qualification can be obtained which complies with the requirements of prescribed qualifications.

Higher Education Institutions that provide prescribed qualifications for social service practitioners that meet the requirements for registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) are indicated below.(Forth coming)

Section 15(1)(b)(i) of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 (the Act) stipulates that no person shall give instruction in any aspect of any subject in connection with social work, social auxiliary work or child and youth care work at a training institution unless he or she is registered as social worker or child and youth care worker with the South African Council for Social Service Professions in accordance with the Act.

Furthermore, section 15(1)(b)(ii) of the Act stipulates that a person who is not a permanent resident of the Republic of South Africa, may not giveinstruction in any aspect of any subject in connection with social work, social auxiliary work or child and youth care work at a training institution unless the Professional Board for Social Work or Professional Board for Child and Youth Care Work granted approval for that person to give instruction in these subjects. This applies to persons such as guest or visiting lecturers from other countries that are not registered with the SACSSP and will be lecturing in the subjects indicating while at the training institution.

 

TRAINING INSTITUTIONS THAT COMPLY WITH THE SACSSP REQUIREMENTS OF PRESCRIBE QUALIFICATIONS

IMPORTANT: If a training institution’s name does not appear on this list, it means that the qualifications that it offers are not meeting the prescribed standards of the South African Council for Social Service Professions and person who obtained these qualifications may not be allowed for the professional category with the South African Council for Social Service Professions. See Learning Programmesfor more information on this.

 

SOCIAL WORK DEGREES

Nelson Mandela University, Department of Social Development Professions

North West University, School of Psychosocial Health

Stellenbosch University, Department of Social Work

University of Cape Town,Department of Social Development

University of Fort Hare, Department of Social Work and Social Development

University of Johannesburg, Department of Social Work

University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Social Work and Community Development

University of Limpopo, Department of Social Work

University of Pretoria, Department of Social Work and Criminology

University of South Africa(UNISA), Department of Social Work

University of the Free State, Department of Social Work

University of the Western Cape, Department of Social Work

University of Venda, Department of Social Work

University of Witwatersrand, School of Human and Community Development, Department of Social Work

University of Zululand, Department of Social Work

Walter Sisulu University

Hugenote College, Social Work

 

SOCIAL AUXILIARY WORK QUALIFICATIONS

Outstanding information will be updated soon

 

SOCIAL WORK: ADVANCE DEGREES

Contact the above-mentioned universities for more information.

Outstanding information will be updated soon

 

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE WORK (PROFESSIONAL LEVEL) DEGREES

IIE MSA, Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

Durban University of Technology, Community Health Studies, Child and Youth Care Programme

 

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE WORK (AUXILIARY LEVEL) QUALIFICATIONS

National Association for Child Care Workers (NACCW)

Outstanding information will be updated soon

 

CHILD AND YOUTH CARE WORK: ADVANCE DEGREES

Forthcoming

Frequently Asked Questions

Forth Coming

SAQA

The South African Council for Social Service Professions, in addition to the statutory powers that it is endowed with in terms of Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978, is also recognised in terms of section 29 of theNational Qualifications Framework Act 67 of 2008 as a statutory body (recognition number:982)  of expert practitioners in the occupational fields of social work and child and youth care work.

For more information visit the SAQA’s website at www.saqa.org.za

Enquiries

If you have enquiries related to education, training and development please contact us.

For general enquiries regarding education and training, please send an email to etdmanager@sacssp.co.za

For CPD related enquiries, please send an email tocpd@sacssp.co.za

37 Annie Botha Ave Riviera Pretoria 0084

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