The South African Council for Social Service Professions is first and foremost a statutory body – i.e. instituted by Law. The Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 (the Act) together with the published Regulations and Rules provides for the statutory foundation for the Council as a body and for its functioning. The Act – or statute, sets the guidelines within which Council and its Professional Boards can and must function and these guidelines are determined by Parliament. Council and its Professional Boards derives its authority and the foundation of its policy from the dictates of the Legislator (Parliament). In legal terms, as determined in section 2(a) of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978, Council is the juristic person, with the Professional Boards the juristic person’s delegates.
The Act determines how Council (and its boards) are constituted and elected, what its aims and functions are, how Council is administratively constituted and run. The Act specifically describes Council’s task concerning the registration of social workers, student social workers and social auxiliary workers and other persons to be registered with the Council as well as disciplinary steps in respect of registered persons where necessary. The Act also provides for additional matters.
Council is constituted as prescribed in section 5 of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 and Professional Boards, established in terms of section 14A, are constituted as prescribed in Regulations to the Act
The governance of Council and its Professional Boards is guided by the Social Professions Act 110 of 1978 and the Regulations thereto.
Council also adopted the ‘King Report on Governance for South Africa’, and the ‘King Code of Governance Principles’ to guide its conduct and governance.
The South African Council for Social Service Professions is established in terms of section 2 of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978. Council is an “organisation” at work with many interlinked components including the Executive Committee, the two Professional Boards, the section 10 Committees, other statutory committees related to disciplinary hearings and the Administration under the lead of the Registrar.
Section 14A of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 provides for the establishment of professional boards in relation to social service professions. Council currently has two professional boards under its auspices: i.e. the Professional Board for Social Work and the Professional Board for Child and Youth Care Work. The functions of the Professional Boards are prescribed in the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 as well as regulations specifically published in the Government Gazette for each Professional Board’s establishment and operations.
Council must establish an Executive Committee as prescribed in section 9 of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 to deal with matters pertaining to Council in-between Council meetings.
In terms of section 10 of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 Council may establish committees to “assist it in the execution of its powers or the performance of its functions”. The committees established by the 4th South African Council for Social Service Professions are:
- Finance Committee
- Risk & Audit Committee
- Communication and Public Relations Committee
- Human Resources and Remunerations Committee
- IT and Business Re-engineering Committee
- Transformation Committee
- Education, Training and Development Committee
Committees established in terms of section 9 and 10 of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 function in terms of committee specific charters that set out each Committee’s mandate, responsibilities, reporting requirements and memberships. Each Committee reports directly to Council on its work, including recommendations to Council for consideration.
Council also established the following Committees as contemplated in the Regulations regarding the Conducting of Inquiries into alleged Unprofessional Conduct:
- Registrar’s Committee for Professional Conduct Complaints
- Committee for Preliminary Inquiry
- Professional Conduct Committee
The 4thCouncil and its Professional Boards agreed that the following vision, mission and strategic objectives will guide it over the next five years.
Social service practitioners united in excellence.
Serving the best interests of the social service practitioners, professions and service users by regulating, leading and promoting the social service professions in an innovative and responsive manner.
- Develop an effective, efficient and accountable administration (structure, systems, policies, governance, procedures, competency, capacity, staff morale and infrastructure).
- Ensure an effective financial management system compliant with applicable and appropriate financial frameworks is in place and fully functional.
- Ensure an efficient registration system and process for social service practitioners.
- Ensure that education and training of social service practitioners meets the required standards.
- Nurture and consolidate partnerships and stakeholder relations (nationally, regionally and internationally).
- Communicate in a transparent, consistent and responsive manner.
- Contribute to policy and legislative developments and implementation.
- Ensure Council operates in an integrated, unified and supportive manner with all its components (Council, Professional Boards and Administration).
- Promote innovative, indigenous methods of multi-disciplinary practice.
Download the SACSSP Strategic Plan 2016 to 2021
The office of Council is based at 37 Annie Botha Ave, Riviera, Pretoria, South Africa. The office is also referred to as the Administration.
The South African Council for Social Service Professions appoints a Registrar in terms of section 11(1) of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 who is the chief executive official of the Council. The Registrar is responsible for exercising and executing the powers and responsibilities entrusted to or imposed upon him or her by Council in terms of the Act. The Registrar also appoints the necessary personnel to assist him or her with the execution of the day-to-day tasks of Council. Together the personnel is known as the Secretariat.
Council is structured as follows:
- Office of the Registrar
- Communications and Public Relations
- Support Services
- Human Resources
- Finance and Administration
- Education, Training and Development Division
- Professional Conduct
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