All persons who practice any of the social service professions that falls under the auspices of the South African Council for Social Service Professions are obliged to register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions and renew their registration annually through the payment of annual fees as prescribed by the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978. Failure to do so constitutes a criminal offence.
Currently the South African Council for Social Service Professions is responsible to regulate the following professions:
- Social work (social workers, social auxiliary workers, student social workers and student social auxiliary workers)
- Child and youth care work (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)