History of the establishment of a professional Council
History of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978
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.
The Act was originally known as the Social and Associated Workers Act 110 of 1978, which established the South African Council for Social and Associated Workers, andwas approved by Parliament and assented to by the State President on 20 June 1978, was published in Government Gazette 6102 on30 June 1978 and came into operation on 1 September 1979. By and large it gave statutory sanction to that which the Committee had recommended on the strength of the evidence it heard.
This Act underwent some amendments in 1985 (technical revisions and requirements for student social workers to register), 1989 (which abolished the Council for Social and Associated Workers and established the South African Council for Social Work; changed the name of the Act to the Social Work Act 110 of 1978; and included social auxiliary workers) and 1983 (mainly technical amendments). In 1995, the Social Work Amendment Act 52 of 1995 initiated the first phase towards the transformation of Council as this amendment established the South African Interim Council for Social Work and provided for the abolition of the South African Council for Social Work. Shortly after the 1995 amendment, the Welfare Laws Amendment Act 106 of 1996 amended the Social Work Act, 1978, and made the South African Interim Council for Social Work more representative by enlarging its membership.
In 1998 the Social Work Amendment Act 102 of 1998 brought about changes in many parts of the 1978 Act, which changed the name of the Act to the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 and to establish the first South African Council for Social Service Professions. It also allowed, for the first time, the establishment of Professional Boards.
Transformation of the SACSSP since 1994
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