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   SOUTH AFRICAN COUNCIL FOR SOCIAL SERVICE
PROFESSIONS (SACSSP) MADE A PRONOUNCEMENT ON
      THE STATUS OF CHILD AND YOUTH CARE
            REGISTRATION PROCESSES


After the establishment of the Professional Board for Child
and Youth Care (PBCYC) in 2005 to regulate Child and Youth
Care, a set of regulations that would enable Child and Youth
Care Workers to practice at an auxiliary level were approved
by the South African Council for Social Service Professions
(SACSSP) and submitted to the National Department of Social
Development (NDSD).

At a meeting between the National Department of Social
Development, the South African Council for Social Service
Professions (SACSSP) and the Professional Board for Child and
Youth Care (PBCYC)in September 2008 an agreement was reached
to accept in principle to accommodate the current +-5 000
Child and Youth Care Workers practising at the abovementioned
level. The legal division of the National Department of
Social Development was therefore mandated to assist the
office and the PBCYC to expedite this process. Unfortunately
the PBCYC during its two meetings held in December 2008 and
February   2009   respectively,    never  attended   to   the
recommendations of the Department.

Furthermore the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA) suggested
that clarification should be provided on the title of the
proposed Bachelor of Child and Youth Care submitted to SAQA
for registration purposes, and whether social work should not
be reflected in the title. The SACSSP recommended that the
two Standard Generating Bodies (SGBs) for Social Work and
Child and Youth Care Work meet to deal with this matter.

In January 2009 at a Strategic planning workshop of the
SACSSP where both members of the SACSSP and members from the
two Professional Boards, i.e. Social Work and Child and Youth
Care were present, a similar agreement was reached that there
is validity in concluding the professionalisation process of
child and youth care workers practicing at auxiliary level.
The    South    African    Council    for   Social   Service
Professions(SACSSP) in terms of its fiduciary obligations to
boards have ensured that all boards have ample processes and
resources to engage in the issues they may have encountered
in carrying out their functions and obligations regarding
their respective constituencies. The National Department of
Social Development and the social workers through the budget
of the Council ensured that funding is made available to the
Professional Board for Child and Youth Care (PBCYC) for its
activities through their entire five-year term. Despite it
being the core function of the Professional Board for Child
and Youth Care (PBCYC) to ensure that the present group of
Child and Youth Care Workers operating at NQF level 4 are
being regulated in terms of the agreed set of regulations,
this process has unfortunately been delayed by them.

The fundamental reason for this delay is the need by the
Professional Board for Child and Youth Care (PBCYC) to
integrate an additional group of Child and Youth Care Workers
practising at NQF 7 level and thus the professional level.
However   there  is   also  an   inconsequential   number  of
practitioners who’s Diplomas and B-Tech degrees are not
recognised by the Council for Higher Education (CHE) as
professional degrees. Unfortunately it is also important for
the SACSSP to provide SAQA with a clear demarcation between
the two qualifications, i.e. Social Work and Child and Youth
Care. Therefore the registration of a separate qualification
for the Child and Youth Care at NQF-7 level is imperative.

Designing and registering such a qualification for Child and
Youth Care Work at professional degree level is work in
progress and there should not be any further delays in the
proclamation of the regulations for Child and Youth Care
Workers practicing at NQF level 4.

Once the professional degree has been approved by SAQA, the
SACSSP could use it to benchmark the gaps identified within
the Diploma and B-Tech qualifications in order for this
category of worker to be elevated to a professional level.

On the basis of the above events and development the SACSSP
hereby declares that the process to proclaim the existing
regulations through the National Department of Social
Development for Child and Youth Care Workers at NQF level 4
be expedited to serve those +- 5 000 child and youth care
workers waiting in anticipation for this regulatory process
to recognise their work and practice and that the Standards
Generating Body for Child and Youth Care(SGB-CYC) complete
its work on the professional qualification and submit it for
consideration to the SACSSP as requested.


This pronouncement is made and declared on the 19th of March
2009 at the 33rd Council Meeting of the South African Council
for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).

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Issued by: The S A Council for Social Service Professions
          (SACSSP), Pretoria
Enquiries: Iveda. V. Smith – (Registrar) - 012 329 9161/
          083 235 9639

				
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