All persons who practise 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 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)
The Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 provisions directs that Council’s comprehensive role is to be the determining, guiding and directing authority body within the structure of social service professions in South Africa. Council fulfills this role by setting the standards for education and training of practitioners and by taking policy resolutions as guidelines for the practising of the social service professions under its auspices.
The Council has the role to act as protector of the interests of clients of social service professions by leading the persons practising the social service professions in maintaining the ethical standards of practice and professional conduct ensuring (this includes giving guidance and taking disciplinary action against practitioners in terms of the Act when required) and ensure a high standard of education and training, including continuing professional development and compliance by training institutions). This role as protector must be identified as one Council’s chief and most comprehensive roles. As Council’s motto – NON NOBIS (not for ourselves) – indicates, the Council must be concerned first and foremost with the consumer or client to which the professions are dedicated.
In its role as protector of the interests of the consumers of services provided by social workers and child and youth care workers, Council also promotes the interests of those who are registered with the Council as to protect and promote the interests of these professions and to maintain and enhance the prestige, status, integrity and dignity of these professions. Furthermore, practitioners may obtain advice from Council regarding the handling of specific situations during the course of their practice.
In order to ensure that Council fulfills its role and achieves its objects, Council and its delegates, the Professional Boards, are respectively awarded with certain powers by the Act. The objects of the Council are to be found in Section 3 of the Act, and its powers in section 4, whist the objects of the Professional Boards are formulated in section 14B and the powers in section 14C.
Persons registered with Council have access to restricted areas on this website as prescribed.
Registration Certificates issued by the South African Council for Social Service Professions provide proof that a person is registered with Council for his or her profession and that his or her name has been entered into the Register for that profession kept by Council in terms of section 19 of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978. The validity of a Registration Certificate and the name of the person to be kept on the Register are subject to the timely payment of annual fees as prescribed.
A person registered with Council is required to display his or her Registration Certificate in his or her office or place where he or she practises the profession he or she is registered for. Persons who are registered for any speciality should also display the Registration Certificate for the speciality.
Duplicates of Registration Certificates may be requested from Council in the prescribed manner and at the prescribed fee. Click here for the procedures that need to be followed.
The South African Council for Social Service Professions issues annual, upon payment of annual fees, a registration card to each practitioner, in addition to the receipt of payment, that indicates that he or she is registered with Council as prescribed by the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978. The registration card provides details on the name of the person, registration number, professional status and period registered (one year).