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					                      November 2009, Volume 2, Issue 2




                      Newsletter
                     SACSSP                                       Non Nobis – Not for Oursel ves
                      South African Council for Social Service Professions

Hearty Congratulations!

The South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) congratulates
Ms Bomo Edna Molewa and Ms Bathabile Olive Dlamini on their respective
appointments as the Minister and Deputy Minister of the Department of Social
Development.
                                                                                                       Ms Bomo Edna Molewa
The Council and professional boards are looking forward to a very productive                           Minister: Department of
working relationship with the Honourable Ministers.                                                      Social Development



Farewell to members of the 2nd Council and the 1st Professional Boards
for Social Work and Child and Youth Care

The sector wishes to congratulate the outgoing members of the Council and Professional Boards on the sterling jobs
they did during the past five years of being in office (2004 to 2009). Their achievements are commendable and we wish
them well in their future endeavours.

The Registrar and the personnel of the Council thank the President and the members of the Council and Professional
Boards for their support and for ensuring that the mandate of the Council was executed professionally and efficiently.




Election of the 3rd Council and the 2nd Professional Board for Social Work

As you are aware, the terms of office of the current              Registrar’s Committee for Professional Conduct (RCPC). The
Professional Boards for Social Work and Child and Youth           processing of applications and issuing of invoices and receipts
Care came to an end on 30 August 2009, while that of the          will also proceed as usual.
current Council will terminate on 30 November 2009. The
transitional period until the appointment of new office bearers   All eligible registrants are encouraged to vote for
may cause some delays in the processing of all new and            council and professional board members they deem
pending professional conduct inquiries, the issuing of            fit to represent them on the Council and the
certificates, and so on. We request your indulgence and wish      Professional Board for Social Work. Please
to apologize for any inconvenience caused. However, all           watch the press for details on the election of
existing and new complaints lodged with this Council against      nominated members.
social workers, social auxiliary workers and student social
workers will continue to receive the attention of the
                                                                   Inside this issue:
Special points of interest:                                        Editor’s Note............................................................            2
                                                                   Newsbriefs/Information .........................................                   2–4
• Farewell to the 2nd Council and the 1st Professional
  Boards for Social Work and Child and Youth Care.                 Awards.......................................................................    2&4
• Election of the 3rd Council and the 2nd Professional             Education and Development ................................                         5–9


www.sacssp.co.za
  Board for Social Work.                                           Registration...............................................................         10
                                                                   Professional Conduct .............................................               11–18
                                                                   Adverts ......................................................................   19–20
                                                                                                                                  Newsbriefs/Information

     Editor’s Note
     Dear readers                                                                                   challenges. The SACSSP encourages all social service
                                                                                                    professions to change “challenges” into “opportuni-
     The terms of office of the Professional Boards ended                                           ties” and wishes all social service practitioners well in
     in August 2008 and we are hard at work preparing                                               their endeavours to make 2009 a success. For more
     for the coming elections. The nomination of                                                    information:
     members for election on the Council and
     Professional Board for Social Work closed on 30                                                                        Tel: 012 356 9940
     October 2009.                                                                                                          Fax: 012 329 9160
                                                                                                                         E-mail: mail@sacssp.co.za
     2009 evolved with many opportunities and                                                                           Contact person: The Editor




                      Thank you and farewell: Outgoing members of the 2nd Council




        1st row (f.l.t.r.) Ms Thembi Jongolo, Ms Fazeela Fayers, Prof. Sulina Green, Ms Boitumela Mohapi Patience, Setlalentoa (President), Ms Joice Boitumela Mohapi (Vice-President),
                                                     Mrs Iveda Smith (current Registrar), Prof. Kathleen Jane Collins, Ms Alleta, Kanyane Seloame
    2nd row (f.l.t.r.) Dr Emmerentie Oliphant, Adv. Renate Catherine Carstens, Prof. Willem Friedeman van Delft, Mr Ismaiyili Isaacs, Mr Andre Kalis, Dr Jouberto Lombard (former Registrar),
                                   Dr Sello Levy Sithole, Mr Solomon Paul Mokgata, Ms Adelaide Simangela Magwaza, Ms Nomathemba Kela, Mr Roshan Rai Dehal
                                               Not on the photograph: Ms IM Bikitsha, Ms M Davids (PBSW representative), Dr S Fisha (PBCYC
                                                          representative), Mr R Rahloa, Ms Z Thumbadoo (PBCYC representative)




     Correction to the Article published                                                                                 Merit Award for the
     on “Child and Youth Care                                                                                            most outstanding social
     Regulations − a Union Perspective”                                                                                  work student

     The SACSSP wishes to apologise for misrepresenting the South                                                        On 8 October 2009, Mrs. Iveda Smith,
     African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) in an article published in                                                  Registrar of the SACSSP, attended the Merit
     the May/June 2009 edition of the Council’s newsletter.                                                              Award function for the outstanding fourth-
                                                                                                                         year student social worker for the 2008
     The SACSSP’s resolution not to register child and youth care                                                        academic year at the University of
     workers at a professional level and to approve the qualification at                                                 Johannesburg, Miss Saskia Johnson. The
     a degree level had no relevance to SAQA processes. Rather, it                                                       University also honoured six other social
     resulted from in-depth consideration of various issues on the part                                                  work students who made their mark in 2008.
     of the Council. Neither was the decision of the SACSSP to
     approve the registration of child and youth care workers at FETC                                                    The closing date for 2009 Student Merit
     level dependent on SAQA processes.                                                                                  Award nominations is 30 November 2009.



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Newsbriefs/I nformation

  Developing Occupational Curricula and Qualifications
  By Beatrice Enslin from Impetus Consulting and Skills Development, with acknowledgement to GTZ


  New legislation has been promulgated that is changing the structures and frameworks within which
  qualifications will be developed, assessed and quality assured in future.


  Two of the major changes to the system                           Institutions (HEIs) and then quality assured by the
  are the following:                                               CHE, in collaboration with the SACSSP (see page 6).

  QCTO: New legislation proposes the establishment                 Some advantages of the new system are the
  of a Quality Council for Trades and Occupations
                                                                   following:
  (QCTO). This structure will, on a par with the
  Council for Higher Education (CHE) and Umalusi, be               • The qualification will be derived from and focus
  responsible for ensuring quality learning in the field of
                                                                     on an occupation.
  vocational training.
                                                                   • The occupational curriculum will focus on
                                                                     coherent provision and internal assessment.
  OFO: Having adopted the Organizing Framework for
                                                                   • External assessment will focus on occupational
  Occupations (OFO) as the basis for understanding
                                                                     competence.
  the labour economy of South Africa, it will impact
  directly on qualifications managed by the SETAs, the
  curricula, qualifications and unit standards. However,           However, most important is the focus on the input
  it is recognized that the OFO, as it stands at the               from the profession and the community of expert
  moment, does not reflect the occupations in the                  professionals. The entire system is developed for
  sector succinctly and needs amendments with regard               industry and must be driven by the profession. Inputs
  to the defined occupational descriptors, areas of                from the profession are required and essential at
  specialization and alternative titles for each
                                                                   various levels and stages of the development of the
  occupation.
                                                                   qualification. These inputs refer to:
  These new developments require that the SACSSP
                                                                   • Communicating skills needs (in terms of
  and its stakeholders revisit qualifications that are
  currently registered on the National Qualifications                occupations and using the OFO);
  Framework (NQF).                                                 • ensuring that training is designed to address the
                                                                     requirements of the profession in terms of the
  The SACSSP wishes to stay abreast of these                         occupations by participating in curriculum
  developments and to reposition itself and skills                   development; and
  development within social work and social auxiliary              • ensuring that relevant competencies are being
  work to meet the requirements of the proposed                      assessed by participating in the development of
  changes. With this in mind, the Council resolved,                  external assessment specifications.
  during its meeting held on 30 July 2009, to engage in
  a pilot project with the Health and Welfare Sector               The profession at large will be kept in the loop about
  Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) to                     the development of the Qualification for Social
  develop the qualification in Social Auxiliary Work at
                                                                   Auxiliary Workers. It will be requested to engage in
  NQF Level 5 to meet the requirements of the
                                                                   the process by commenting on the aspects of the
  QCTO processes. This will be done in addition to
  the qualification developed by the Standards                     curriculum at specific stages of the development
  Generating Body (SGB) for Social Work at NQF                     process. Any queries in this regard should please be
  Level 5, to be offered by Higher Education                       directed to the offices of the SACSSP.



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                                                                                                         Newsbriefs/Information

    Social Work Awards – Ukhahlamba District
    In his policy speech in 2008, the Honourable former                          function was ‘Social Work – Instrument for positive
    MEC for Social Development in the Eastern Cape                               change in the lives of the people, with excellence in the
    stated that the Department of Social Development                             changing environment’.
    would, in future, be hosting the Provincial Social Work
    Awards as an annual event. The main objective of the                         To identify nominees and the eventual recipients of
    awards is to give recognition to the performance and                         awards, the district office assigned the Aliwal North,
    contributions of different categories of social workers                      Sterkspruit and Mt Fletcher area offices to facilitate the
    with the aim of maintaining such performance;                                nomination of best performers in ten identified
    improving the quality of service delivery; facilitating                      categories. As such, the initial process was driven by
    dialogue and strengthening partnerships among social                         social workers at operational level. The names of area
    work professionals and the private sector; marketing                         nominees were then submitted to a district committee
    the profession; and encouraging and maintaining ethical                      that selected the best performers, based on the
    and professional standards. The first awards function                        evidence and motivations submitted. The final
    took place in October 2008 and 64 social workers                             selection of nominees from the areas and the final
    received awards.                                                             district award-winning professionals then had the
                                                                                 honour of receiving their certificates and trophies from
    The 2009 awards function of the Ukhahlamba District                          Mrs Iveda Smith, Registrar of the South African Council
    took place on 23 October 2009. This district lies in the                     for Social Services Professions (SACSSP) in Pretoria,
    northern part of the Eastern Cape and forms the                              and Ms Nosipho Nkalitshana from the Eastern Cape
    border with the Free State. The theme of the awards                          Provincial Office.


    UKHAHLAMBA DISTRICT AWARD NOMINEES/RECIPIENTS
    Category 1: Best Social Worker in implementing an integrated approach
                    Area Nominees: Fundiswa Ndzendze, Lundi Makhohliso, Linda Giyose
                    Overall District Award Recipient: Fundiswa Ndzendze
    Category 2: Best Social Worker in managing critical interventions under difficult circumstances
                    Area Nominees: Mbasa Mayende, Ntombothando Mila, Mzukisi Funo
                    Overall District Award Recipient: Mbasa Mayende
    Category 3: Retired Social Workers in the field of NPO, Government and Community-based
                 Organizations
                    Area Nominees: Sannatjie Fourie
                    Overall District Award Recipient: Sannatjie Fourie
    Category 4: Posthumous awards to those that distinguished themselves in building of the profession
                 in the Province
                    Area Nominees: Zimkhitha Mdukiswa, Lumnka Frans, Sipho Mkhumathela
                    Overall District Award Recipient: Lumnka Frans
    Category 5: Social Workers that upheld and maintained ethical and professional conduct
                    Area Nominees: Masiza Dlova, Zukiswa Madlolo, Selleng Lepita, Nozipho Yayase
                    Overall District Award Recipient: Nozipho Yayase
    Category 6: Best Social Work User of CBC Module
                    Area Nominees: Thundezwa Pamana, Siyabonga Thomas
                    Overall District Award Recipient: Thundezwa Pamana
    Category 7: Best Social Work Manager
                    Area Nominees: Lungile Zandile, Mzikazi Dingiswayo, Zenaye Dlokweni, Zoleka
                    Mxabano
                    Overall District Award Recipient: Zenaye Dlokweni
    Category 8: Best Programme Coordinator
                    Area Nominees: Nomfanelo William, Matshele Khoboso, Nontandazo Vaphi
                    Overall District Award Recipient: Nomfanelo William
    Category 9: Best Supervisor
                    Area Nominees: Nopasika Thafeni, Melikhaya Majiza, Mandisa Zibi
                    Overall District Award Recipient: Melikhaya Majiza
    Category 10: Best Service Office Manager
                    Area Nominees: Ntombekhaya Ncana, Nokuzola Fono
                    Overall District Award Recipient: Ntombekhaya Ncana




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Edu cation and Development

 Organizing Framework for Occupations (OFO)
 In its document, A guide to using the Organising               confused with the National Qualifications Framework
 Framework for Occupations (OFO), prepared with the             (NQF) levels that represent the complexity level of
 assistance of GTZ, the Department of Labour (DoL)              learning that takes place in terms of a qualification or
 explains that the OFO is an organizing framework for           skills programme that is being followed. The skills levels
 occupations that is a skills-based, coded classification       of the OFO can be measured operationally by –
 system based on principles similar to those of the
 South African Standard Classification of Occupations           • the level or amount of formal education and/or
 (SASCO) used by Stats-SA in household and labour                 training associated with performing the tasks
 force surveys. However, when focusing on                         associated with an occupation competently (thus
 employment equity and for skills development planning            the NQF level of the qualification);
                                                                • the amount of work experience required to
 and implementation purposes, SASCO will no longer
                                                                  perform the tasks associated with an occupation
 form the basis for equity reporting. The OFO will now            competently; and
 be used, since it captures all jobs in the form of             • the amount of on-the-job training associated with
 occupations, similar to what SASCO did in the past. In           achieving competent performance in an
 essence, the OFO is a coded occupational classification          occupation.
 system.
                                                                (See DoL document referred to above.)
 From a skills development perspective, the OFO
 serves the purpose of assisting in identifying scarce and      The OFO and the SACSSP
 critical skills within and across sectors in a way that is
 meaningful nationally. The OFO is a valuable                   The SACSSP became aware of the significance of the
 instrument in preparing Workplace Skills Plans (WSPs),         OFO in its deliberations with the Health and Welfare
 which, in turn, assist in preparing Sector Skills Plans        Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA).
 (SSPs) based on the scarce and critical skills identified      It was noted that the existing OFO document was
 in the WSPs.                                                   already the eighth version and that the DoL was in the
                                                                process of revising its content. At the time,
 From a practical and human resource planning point of          amendments could still be proposed until the end of
 view, and in view of the fact that all occupations have        July 2009.
 to be registered on the OFO for the development of
 qualifications linked to the specific occupations, the         In its assessment of the content of the OFO, the
 OFO serves a coordination purpose. It prevents the             SACSSP and its professional boards became aware of
 endless creation of new occupations that are not part          critical shortcomings and a misrepresentation in the
 of the framework and that are created without any              OFO document of the occupations within the social
 consultation. It further serves the purpose of                 services sector. Some occupations were categorized
 preventing the development of qualifications, followed         incorrectly, e.g. a social auxiliary worker fell under a
 by the creation of occupations for the qualifications so       community worker, while some occupations were left
 developed. The principle of the OFO is that                    out, e.g. child and youth care work. It was also clear
 occupations should be registered on the OFO with               that a number of jobs were listed as occupations,
 due consultation preceding such registration.                  especially where counselors were referred to as
                                                                occupations, for example, ‘school counselors’ or
 The OFO is constructed to reflect occupations and not          ‘trauma counselors’, to name but a few.
 knowledge fields. Each occupation is described in
 terms of its primary roles, skills levels, tasks and           Because of the limited time available and realizing the
 specializations. The OFO is divided into five skills levels,   urgency of inputs, the SACSSP worked closely with the
 namely major groups, sub-major groups, minor groups,           HWSETA, being the responsible body, to submit
 unit groups and occupations. The skills level of an            proposed amendments to the DoL and to GTZ to
 occupation is related to the competent performance             effect the most important corrections. On 3 July 2009,
 of tasks relevant to that occupation. It is an attribute       a workshop was conducted with representatives from
 of an occupation, not of individuals, and should not be        national employment bodies to consult with them on


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                                                                             Education a nd Development

    the changes to be effected. Proposals have now been          assurance that further input would be possible when
    incorporated into the document.                              the ninth version is published at the end of 2009, with
                                                                 a view to the tenth version to be published during
    The SACSSP is aware of the fact that more
                                                                 2010.
    constituencies should get the opportunity to comment
    and will indeed ensure that this happens during the
    next phase of amendments to be incorporated into             The complete OFO document can be accessed on
    the document. The drafters of the OFO gave the               the following website: www.serviceseta.org.za



    Quality Assurance of Education and Training in Social Work
    and Social Auxiliary Work

    Social auxiliary work

    Between July and October 2009, the SACSSP conducted its first site visits to the sixteen accredited providers that
    offer education and training in social auxiliary work. These visits were undertaken jointly with the Health and
    Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA). Site visits were not only undertaken to providers,
    but also to workplaces where learners do the 70% experiential learning.

    The purpose of the visits was to monitor adherence to the requirements of the SACSSP and the Further Education
    and Training certificate (FETC) in Social Auxiliary Work, as registered on the South African Qualifications Authority
    (SAQA) database. It is foreseen that these visits will be followed by intensive discussions with providers to ensure
    that requirements are met and that quality training is offered to learners.

    Social work

    The submission of the Self-assessment Reports is progressing according to the time frames agreed on with Higher
    Education Institutions (HEIs). The bulk of the Exit-level Outcomes (ELOs) has been completed, namely Category
    1 (Policy and Legislation), Category 2 (Intervention) and Category 3 (Inequality and Social Inclusion). The only
    two categories remaining are Category 4 (Management, Administration and Supervision) and Category 5
    (Research). These two categories refer only to five ELOs and the submission dates for both reports are
    31 October 2009. The Assessment Team mandated by the SACSSP will finalize the assessments on 5 November
    2009 and provide feedback in time for HEIs to use the self-assessment reports to prepare for the quality assurance
    site visits to be conducted in 2010.




    Regulations for the Registration of Social Workers

    For feedback and debate                                      Learning (RPL) could be included in qualifications and
                                                                 learners concerned could be registered with the
    The SACSSP has to amend the Regulations regarding            SACSSP should they have obtained their qualifications
                                                                 with not more than 50% of the qualification having
    the Registration of Social Workers to make provision
                                                                 been obtained through RPL.
    for the registration of social workers qualifying with the
    Bachelor of Social Work [BSW] qualification from the         During the deliberations to amend the regulations, the
    end of 2010. Furthermore, provision will have to be          Task Team of the Professional Board for Social Work
    made for the possibility that Recognition of Prior           that took responsibility for drafting a discussion



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Edu cation and Development

 document, debated the possibility of a person with no           service provider that they have an appropriate,
 BSW or undergraduate qualifications qualifying him/her          related qualification and experiential or work-based
 for registration as a social worker with the SACSSP,            learning equivalent to an NQF Level 7 social work
                                                                 qualification. Such applicants may be considered
 enrolling for a Master of Social Work (MSW) and then
                                                                 for admission to the programme.
 registering as a social worker with the SACSSP on the
 basis of that postgraduate qualification; provided that      However, applicants with only a Master’s qualification
 the person could demonstrate to the provider (HEI)           in social work cannot be registered as a social
 that he/she had an appropriate, related qualification        worker with the SACSSP.
 and experiential or work-based learning equivalent to
 an NQF Level 7 social work qualification.                    Please join the debate whether the SACSSP should
                                                              register persons who have obtained the post basic
 Currently, the MSW makes provision for learning              qualification in social work with no undergraduate
 assumed to be in place before an applicant can enrol         studies as social workers with the SACSSP and thus to
 for the MSW. There are two possibilities, namely:            allow such individuals to practise as social workers. In
                                                              such instances, the SACSSP will rely on providers to
 • Candidates who register for this qualification must        determine whether such persons have appropriate,
   have an NQF Level 7 qualification in social work           related qualifications or work-based learning equivalent
   and be registered with the SACSSP as a social              to the BSW.
   worker; and
 • applicants falling outside the criteria above, must be     Forward your contributions to Santie Pruis at
   able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the             spruis@sacssp.co.za.


 Registration of Applicants with Qualifications obtained outside
 the RSA

 The policy for the registration of applicants with foreign      arrange for a personal interview to be conducted at
 qualifications as social workers with the SACSSP has            the offices of the SACSSP in Pretoria.
 been finalized and approved by the Council for
 implementation. The policy will ensure that                  The assignments to be completed by applicants have
 practitioners with non-South African qualifications          been aligned to the 27 Exit-level Outcomes (ELOs) of
 meet the requirements for registration with the              the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). Applicants are
 SACSSP. This is done through:                                required to use their own work experience or
                                                              fieldwork done as a student to explain and illustrate
 • Candidates completing six assignments and
   submitting them to the SACSSP at least six months          their achievement of the 27 ELOs and the Associated
   before the personal interview.                             Assessment Criteria (AAC) according to the following
 • After an applicant has passed each of the                  five categories (see details of the ELOs on the
   assignments with at least 50%, the SACSSP will             SACSSP’s website):


  Categories                                                   Exit-level Outcomes

  1: Policy and Legislation                                    15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26

  2: Intervention                                              1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12

  3: Inequality and Social Inclusion                           13, 14, 24, 27

  4: Management, Administration and Supervision                5, 21, 22, 23

  4: Research                                                  11




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                                                                                   Education a nd Development

    The SACSSP has nominated an assessment team                      Content queries on the policy can be directed to
    comprising representatives from the SACSSP, the                  Ms Dudu Mhlanga at 012 356 9940 or
    Professional Board for Social Work, individuals in social        dudum@sacssp.co.za. A copy of the policy can also be
    work practice and academia. The team assesses                    downloaded from the SACSSP’s website.
    assignments and conducts interviews with relevant
    applicants.



    Social Auxiliary Work

    The education and training of social auxiliary workers           auxiliary workers, namely to upgrade the NQF Level 4
    commenced in 1993 with the offering of the original              qualification to an NQF Level 5 Certificate in Social
    Certificate in Social Auxiliary Work by the SACSSP in            Auxiliary Work, which would make it possible for
    collaboration with employers. This was an in-service             Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to offer the
    training course and was phased out with the last intake          qualification. Furthermore, the qualification would
    of learners on 30 June 2006.                                     allow for more credits to be allocated to focus areas
                                                                     such as probation services (to be followed by Assistant
    The next phase in the training of social auxiliary               Probation Officers), substance abuse, older persons,
    workers was the introduction of the Further Education            community work, disabilities, health care, correctional
    and Training Certificate (FETC) in Social Auxiliary              services, child and family life or youth work.
    Work, registered in 2003 as a National Qualifications
    Framework (NQF) Level 4 qualification on the South               The draft of this qualification at NQF Level 5 has been
    African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) database.                completed and is available for consultation. The
    This qualification was reregistered twice and is currently       concept of HEIs offering the qualification was also on
    the only valid qualification for providing recognized            the agenda of the ASASWEI Conference held in
    education and training to social auxiliary workers.              October 2009. Colleagues are welcome to provide
                                                                     comments on the issue to Santie Pruis at the following
    The SACSSP approved the next phase in the                        e-mail address: spruis@sacssp.co.za. The proposed
    development of the education and training of social              content of the qualification is as follows:

    Matrix of exit-level outcomes

     Component         Exit-level Outcomes                                                  Level      Credits        Total

     Fundamental       One or a combination of the following:                                 5            5            5
                       Computer literacy
                       English literacy
                       Study techniques

     Core              1. Demonstrate fundamental understanding of the South                  5            5
                          African social welfare context, the policy and practice of
                          developmental social welfare services and the role of the
                          social auxiliary worker within this context

                       2. Define and demonstrate an informed understanding of the             5            5
                          purpose of social auxiliary work and the role and functions of
                          a social auxiliary worker in relation to a social worker within
                          the South African context

                       3. Consistently reflect the values and principles contained in the     5            3
                          Bill of Rights and the social work profession's Code of Ethics
                          in service delivery as a social auxiliary worker




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 Component     Exit-level Outcomes                                                       Level         Credits     Total

 Core          4. Demonstrate an informed understanding of the South                        5              4
 (continued)      African judicial system and the legislation governing and
                  impacting on social auxiliary work and social work

               5. Demonstrate an informed understanding of human behavior,                  5              12
                  relationship systems and social issues

               6. Support and assist in social work interventions effectively and           5              38
                  appropriately in order to address the social needs of service
                  beneficiaries

               7. Identify and use appropriate resources in service delivery to             5              5
                  service beneficiaries

               8. Work effectively with social workers and members of multi-                5              3
                  sectoral teams in social service delivery

               9. Work effectively as a social auxiliary worker to address the              5              10
                  various special needs and forms of social exclusion
                  experienced by people in at least two of the priority focus
                  groups in social welfare with a consciousness of inter-
                  sectionality

               10. Keep precise records and compile accurate reports on social              5              3
                   needs and social auxiliary work activities and file them
                   appropriately

               11. Provide an efficient administrative support service to the               5              3
                   social worker

               12. Demonstrate basic knowledge of financial matters related to              5              3
                   social auxiliary work practice

               13. Demonstrate self-awareness regarding personal capacities,                5              2
                   attitudes and skills and a willingness to develop them further
                   under the supervision of a social worker

                                                                                                    Total Core      96
 Elective      Basic understanding of policies, legislation and organizational          Level 5       25
               functioning, as well as the ability, within a team context, to respond
               as a social auxiliary worker in one of the following focus areas to
               the value of 25 credits:

               •   Child and family life
               •   Community work/development
               •   Correctional services
               •   Health care – chronic, HIV and Aids, palliative care
               •   Older persons
               •   Probation services
               •   Substance abuse
               •   Youth work
               •   Disabilities

                                                                                                  Total Elective    25
                                                                                                           Total   126




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                                                                                                     Registration

     SACSSP Registration Guide

 Identified            Student social       New social       Learner social         New social       Social worker
 problem                  worker             worker             auxiliary            auxiliary       from outside
                                                             worker (FETC)           worker             the RSA

 *Document problems

 Appl. form

 Copy of ID

 Acad. record

 Matric cert.

 Undertaking                   –                  –                                                          –

 Accredited Training
 Prov./Univ.

 5 x assignments               –                  –                  –                    –
 & portfolio of
 evidence

 SAQA cert.                    –                  –                  –                    –

 Form for                      –                  –                  –                    –
 validation

 Faxed/e-mailed        Not acceptable     Not acceptable     Not acceptable       Not acceptable     Not acceptable
 reg. docs.

 *Payment problems

 Insufficient          Not acceptable     Not acceptable     Not acceptable       Not acceptable     Not acceptable
 payment

 Incorrect (SACSSP)    Verify with        Verify with        Verify with          Verify with        Verify with
 bank account          SACSSP             SACSSP             SACSSP               SACSSP             SACSSP

 Deposit               Univ. to use       Please use         Training provider,   Please use         Please use your
 reference             particular univ.   SACSSP             please use           SACSSP             full names as on
                       name, e.g. Fort    registration No.   registered name      registration No.   your ID/passport
                       Hare

 Last date for                 –          Registered SWs             –            Registered                 –
 annual fee                               31 March every                          SAWs 31 March
 payment                                  year                                    every year

 *Other

 Postage delays

 Approval of           Not applicable     Approved by        Not applicable       50% – *See SW              –
 50%; Adoption         to learners        SACSSP 1st         to learners          adoption – NO




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Professional Conduct

 Deregistration due to Non-payment of Annual Fees

 In terms of the Social Service Professions Act, Act No. 110 of 1978 (as amended), failure to pay annual fees shall
 result in removal of your name from the register as per Section 20 (1)(d) of Act No. 110 of 1978 (as amended).

 A list of defaulters concerning the payment of annual fees for the period 2005-6 was published in the Council’s
 last newsletter. This list was also circulated to employers so that defaulters could be identified and restoration
 encouraged. Every effort was made to ensure the correctness of the list. Please bring any errors to the attention
 of the Council. The efforts of those who responded to the Council’s request to restore their names on the register
 of the SACSSP are appreciated sincerely.

 If you had paid and are one of the many who did not reflect their Council registration number on their bank
 deposit slips, you must please forward written proof of payment to the Registrar as a matter of urgency.

 The SACSSP is now attending to those defaulters whose names have been removed between 2007 to date. Legal
 proceedings will be instituted against anyone who fail to make payment by 24 December 2009.




 Adoptions: Child Care Act 74 of 1983
 During a recent professional conduct inquiry held at the Council, it was realized that there were challenges in the
 uniform interpretation and implementation of certain sections of the Child Care Act, Act No. 74 of 1983,
 particularly concerning adoptions.

 The issue pertains to Section 10 and Section 18 of Act 74 of 1983.

 • Section 10(1) allows for a child to be maintained apart from the parent for a period of 14 days with conditions –
   between the date of the birth of the baby and the application in court. Could this be interpreted that a child
   may be maintained apart from the biological parent without the application having been made in court?

 • Section 18(1)(a) pertains to jurisdiction: until the applications have been made and the initial hearing held
   before a Commissioner of Child Welfare, may the adoptive child be moved between provinces or geographical
   boundaries that lie outside the geographical area of the children’s court where the child was born, particularly
   between the dates of the placement and the initial Children’s Court hearing?

    In most cases, it would involve two social workers if two geographical areas were affected.

 • Furthermore, there may be instances where one social worker prepared the biological parent. That social
   worker would then be responsible for the initial hearing. However, a second social worker may have been
   involved in the same matter and may have screened the prospective adoptive parents. This impacts on which
   social worker would then be overall responsible for monitoring and finalizing the case. Does this mean that the
   social worker for the biological parent would play no further role in the matter after the initial hearing?

 • Another challenge social workers face is the differences in guidance provided by either the commissioners of
   child welfare and/or the clerks of children’s courts in different areas.

 As part of its mandate, the Council invites social workers who have encountered these challenges to write to the
 Registrar at mail@sacssp.co.za so that the issue can be explored further. The Council has already made submissions
 on the above to the Department of Social Development for clarification in the Children’s Act, Act No. 38 of 2005.




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     Ethics in Social Work
     It is now generally accepted that the scope of social         the other hand. Standards and values shape and guide
     work practice is remarkably wide. Social workers              the decisions and actions of social workers, social
     practise in traditional social service organizations; in      auxiliary workers and student social workers within
     schools; the military; business; factories and offices; in    their work environment and even beyond that into
     state and local government agencies and legislative           their personal lives. It is clear that the development of
     bodies; in private practice as individuals; as family and     a dynamic set of professional and ethical standards for
     marriage therapists; in hospitals and in mental health        social workers requires personal commitment to a
     facilities; in courts and correctional settings; in home      lifelong effort to act ethically, which encompasses
     health care; and in services for the elderly.                 respect for human and civil rights. It, furthermore,
                                                                   implies that you will not knowingly participate in or
     Irrespective of where you practise, ethical awareness is      condone unfair discriminatory practices, or participate
     a fundamental part of the professional practice of social     in criminal activities. In this regard, it is the responsibility
     workers all over the world.           The ability and         of all concerned with the profession, especially
     commitment of social workers to conduct their                 educators, supervisors and managers of social workers,
     practice in an ethical way are integral to the overall        to encourage ethical behavior among students, social
     quality of service delivery.                                  auxiliary workers and social workers alike.

     The mission of the social work profession is rooted in        One of the key words linked to ethics and morals is
     a set of core values. Related to this practice is the         ‘conscience’, which is inextricably linked to moral
     matter of professional ethics. Professional ethics are        behavior, values, norms, principles and ethical conduct.
     the norms, values and principles governing professional       It is our inner sense of what is right and what is wrong
     conduct. Professional ethics serve as behavior                morally. It leads to feelings of remorse when we do
     guidelines for members of a specific profession in their      things that go against our moral values and to feelings
     relationship with each other, with their clients and co-      of rectitude or integrity when our actions conform to
     workers and with broader society. Professional ethics         our moral values. It is also the attitude that informs our
     are, therefore, more than just the written code; it is the    moral judgments before performing any action.
     moral obligations that can be understood from the
     activity of the profession.                                   Related to the term ‘conscience’ is that of integrity. We
     We apply the term ‘ethical behavior’ to our conduct in        know and understand that integrity entails honesty,
     professional matters and are judged against the               ethics and truthfulness. Integrity is grounded in
     standards of the profession, which are formally               knowing what is right and acting on it, or not acting on
     expressed in statements called codes of ethics.               what might be wrong. This requires a clear set of
     Related to ethics is the term ‘conduct’ that, in itself,      values grounded in a strong personal ethical
     embraces a wide range of actions. The scope of our            framework. Therefore, you can see that ethical issues
     ‘conduct’ includes gross misconduct such as theft,            are moral-value issues.
     violence, negligence and the irresponsible performance
     of our professional duties.                                   To list all the ethical dilemmas confronting social
                                                                   workers would be impossible and there are no easy
     Therefore, in defining a code of ethics, we know that it      answers to the ethical problems embedded in social
     is an explicit statement of the values, principles and        work practice. It is not possible to produce a rulebook
     rules of a profession, that it regulates the conduct of its   that would enable social workers to solve such
     members and acts as a ‘guide’ in everyday practice.           problems and dilemmas easily and quickly. Even if it
                                                                   were, the resolution of the dilemma or problem would
     Ethics involves applying moral standards. These               still entail making a choice between two unwelcome
     standards refer to what is good, right, fair and just on      alternatives, perhaps by way of careful consideration
     the one hand and what is wrong, unfair and unjust on          and decision that one alternative would be less




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 unwelcome than the other. However, making a choice            work profession. Some of these challenges may not be
 would not erase the impact of the dilemma. The                easy to overcome, some may present temptation and
 resolution of a dilemma often leaves a residue of guilt,      appeal, which will not make things easy for you. But the
 blame or regret. This is the source of some of the            onus is on you as a professional to make ethically
 main stresses of social workers – it is not just a case of    correct choices at all times throughout your
 having to make difficult choices and decisions, but also      professional career.
 of having to take responsibility for the unwelcome
 outcomes of a decision. (Banks, 2006:8)                       The SACSSP has published and distributed a Policy
                                                               Guideline, Course of Conduct and Rules for Social
 Therefore, it can be concluded that ethical behavior is       Workers that provides guidance on fundamental
 characterized by honesty, equality, justice and fairness.     principles and acceptable and unacceptable practices.
 Ethical behavior respects the dignity, diversity and rights   The purpose of fundamental principles and policies and
 of individuals and groups of people. Fundamentally,           procedures is to facilitate and promote ethical
 each person is accountable for his or her actions.            behavior in contrast to policing cases of unethical
 However, together we have a shared responsibility to          behavior. This may assist members of the social work
 uphold ethical behavior within our profession.                profession in finding a way through the myriad of
                                                               problems and dilemmas threatening their ability to
 Be ever-mindful of all the expectations and deliverables      maintain the highest ethical standards in the conduct of
 required of you and that you will experience and              their practice.
 encounter a host of challenges not unique to the social       (Acknowledgement: Social Work Ethics: unpublished research: SACSSP)




  How can we empower ourselves on professional ethics?

  • Attend workshops on ethics in social work offered by the SACSSP and other service providers regularly
  • Consult, read and discuss the Policy Guideline, Course of Conduct and Rules for Social Workers (SACSSP)
    regularly
  • Include professional ethics as a regular feature in your in-service training programmes and induct all new social
    workers on ethics
  • Enquire whether any courses or study you embark on include information on ethics (all courses accredited for
    CPD by the SACSSP-CPD Approval Board require the promotion of ethics)
  • Log onto www.sacssp.co.za; click on Professional Conduct link
  • Be alert to and report professional misconduct
  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct for Social Workers




  Call for Input on Working Environments

  The Professional Board for Social Work is developing a guideline for employers of social workers that would
  complement the Policy Guideline, Course of Conduct and Rules for Social Workers, which is already in place. It
  is envisaged that the proposed document will guide employers on matters such as the compulsory registration of
  social workers; social auxiliary workers and student social workers; issues relating to confidentiality and the
  disclosure of confidential information, etc.

  Should you wish to participate in the preliminary research, make any contributions or wish to tender for this
  service, please go to the Professional Conduct link on www.sacssp.co.za and click on ‘Questionnaire on Working
  Environments’ or contact the Registrar on mail@sacssp.co.za




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                                                                                          Professional Conduct

     Concern over Unethical Billing Practices
     The administrators of medical aid schemes have              • The dates of service and claim dates do not
     approached the SACSSP with their concerns about the           correspond
     billing practices of some social workers in private         • Charging for individual sessions when group
     practice who submit invoices for payment to medical           sessions were in fact rendered
     aid schemes on behalf of their clients.                     • Claiming for unrealistic services (e.g. for stress
                                                                   therapy rendered to a one-year-old!)
                                                                 • Billing profiles show trends and tendencies that lean
     Of late, the SACSSP has found that an increasing
                                                                   towards unethical practices
     number of social workers are being reported by both         • Failure to maintain proper records of services
     clients and medical aid scheme administrators for acts        rendered
     that may constitute professional misconduct.                • Poorly constructed contracts for services (some
                                                                   contracts are focused exclusively on payments for
     Some of the complaints received about some social             services and neglects the social worker’s
     workers in private practice include:                          contractual obligations in terms of service
                                                                   rendering)
     • Charging in advance for services that are yet to be
       rendered                                                  The SACSSP is particularly concerned about these
     • Charging for services rendered to persons who are         allegations and is mandated to investigate such
       no longer on the medical scheme, particularly
                                                                 complaints as, inter alia, contraventions of Rule 3(4)
       deceased members
                                                                 (participating in or associating with dishonesty in the
     • Charging for a service without actually rendering
       such service                                              execution of your professional duties) and Rule 3(3)
     • Submission of exorbitant and unrealistic claims in        (with due regard to the prestige, status and dignity of
       January each year for services that may have been         the profession, [your behavior] was detrimental to your
       rendered the previous year                                position as a social worker or to the profession as such).



Complaints against Practitioners

         Procedure after receiving a complaint                   2. The Registrar or designated official may at his or
                                                                    her discretion, during the investigation of the
     Following numerous requests from practitioners for             complaint, if he or she deems it necessary –
     information about the procedures involved in                   a. Consult with or seek further information
     attending to complaints received at the Council, we               regarding the complaint from any person or
     include the initial procedure in this edition of the              organization, including the respondent and
     newsletter. Subsequent procedures will be dealt with              his/her employer
     in the next newsletter.                                        b. Forward to the respondent copies of the
                                                                       documents received from the complainant –
     The procedure after receiving a complaint is guided by            • informing the respondent of the nature of
     the Regulations Regarding the Conducting of Inquiries                 such complaint
     into Alleged Unprofessional Conduct, as published in              • requesting a written explanation from him
     the Government Gazette of 27 June 2003 and unfolds                    or her within 21 days
     as follows:                                                       • warning him or her that such explanation
     1. The Registrar or designated official shall investigate             may be supplied to the professional
         the complaint referred to the Council in terms of                 conduct committee and the complainant,
         Regulation 3(1). (A Complaints Questionnaire                      and that it may be used in evidence during
         Template has been adopted to streamline all                       an investigation and a disciplinary inquiry,
         complaints received at the SACSSP.)                               which may follow




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    c. Subpoena any person, who on reasonable                    The Registrar’s Committee for
       grounds, is believed to be in possession of any
                                                                 Professional Conduct (RCPC)
       information or a document, photograph,
       computer record, contract, book or recording
                                                             The RCPC is an internal committee established to
       relevant to the complaint in order to make
                                                             provide support to the Registrar (or the designated
       same available to the Registrar or designated
                                                             official) to ‘sift’ through, assess and provide
       official before the date determined by the
                                                             recommendations on further procedures concerning
       Registrar or designated official in the subpoena
                                                             all complaints received.
       for the purpose of investigating the complaint in
       terms of these regulations
                                                             • This Committee is an initial committee only, and
    d. Seek legal advice or any other assistance to
                                                               for that reason does not have the powers of a
       enable him or her to perform the functions in
                                                               committee of preliminary inquiry or a professional
       terms of these regulations
                                                               conduct committee, as established in the Social
    e. On request of the complainant, and as far as
                                                               Service Professions Act, Act No. 110 of 1978 (as
       the Registrar is legally obliged to, furnish the
                                                               amended).
       complainant with a copy of the respondent’s
                                                             • The RCPC meets at least once every quarter at the
       reply if the Registrar or designated official
                                                               offices of the SACSSP in Pretoria.
       received a response from the respondent, or in
                                                             • The RCPC comprises the following persons:
       the absence of such request at his or her
                                                               – Registrar and/or ;
       discretion.
                                                               – Manager of Professional Conduct (designated
                                                                   official) and /or;
 3. Following an investigation subject to the provisions
                                                               – Co-opted members comprising senior,
    of sub-regulation (4), the Registrar or designated
                                                                   experienced subject matter experts, as
    official may:
                                                                   required.
    a. If he or she is of the opinion that a further
        inquiry in terms of these regulations would not
        be appropriate, inform the complainant and the           Resolution tabled at the Professional
        respondent, if applicable, accordingly                   Board for Social Work on 12
    b. If he or she is of the opinion that the matter can
                                                                 September 2006
        be resolved amicably, procure a settlement
        between the complainant, respondent and /or
                                                             In cases where a copy of the complaint is forwarded to
        any other parties involved
                                                             the respondent and no response is forthcoming from
    c. If he or she is of the opinion that the matter
                                                             the respondent, the matter shall proceed to CPI level
        does not fall within the jurisdiction of the
                                                             without further warning to the respondent.
        Council, refer the matter to an appropriate
        body
    d. If he or she is of the opinion that further inquiry       Take note:
        in terms of these regulations would be
        appropriate, refer the matter to the committee       • Respondents are urged to keep the Council
        of preliminary inquiry, with relevant document-        updated about any changes to their postal details.
        ation                                                  A significant amount of correspondence is returned
    e. If he or she is of the opinion that a disciplinary      to the Council as ‘unclaimed’ or ‘unknown’. This
        inquiry would be appropriate, refer the matter         results in delays in the finalization of complaints.
        directly to the professional conduct committee       • Respondents should make a concerted effort to
                                                               respond within the stipulated time given or request
 4. In the event of a dispute between the Registrar or         a suitable extension to their response dates in
    designated official and the complainant and /or            writing.
    respondent, the complaint shall be referred to the       • Respondents should not neglect to respond to a
    committee of preliminary inquiry for further               complaint against them, since it is their right as well
    investigation.                                             as their professional responsibility to do so.




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                                                                                         Professional Conduct

     Recent Professional Conduct Inquiries completed at the
     SACSSP

          Social Worker: Christelle Aletta                       Act No. 110 of 1978 (as amended), in the
          Hattingh (10-11548)                                    performance of her professional duties as a social
                                                                 worker in private practice relating to failure to keep a
     Case Number: 114                                            record of acts performed and fees charged.

     At a professional conduct inquiry held against              Penalty:
     Mrs Christelle Aletta Hattingh on 01 June 2009 in
     Pretoria, the Professional Conduct Committee found          The social worker was suspended for a period of six
     the defendant (Mrs CA Hattingh) guilty of the               months. Execution of the sentence was supended for
     following charges in abstentia. The charges were            a period of one year on condition that she was not
     contravention of Rule 3(3) and Rule 3(4) of the Rules       convicted of a similar offence during that period.
     in terms of Section 27 of the Social Service
     Professions Act, Act No. 110 of 1978 (as amended),
     in the performance of her professional duties as a              Student Social worker: Mosibudi
     social worker relating to the prestige, status and              Frieda Mokwape (40-10009)
     dignity of the profession, and guilty of participating in
     or associating with dishonesty in the execution of her      Case Number: S120
     professional duties.
                                                                 At a professional conduct inquiry held against
     Penalty:                                                    Mrs Frieda Mokwape on 25 August 2009 in Pretoria,
                                                                 the defendant pleaded guilty to the charges before
     Mrs Hattingh’s registration was suspended for a
                                                                 her. The charges related to a contravention of
     period of two years. The execution of the penalty
                                                                 Section 15(1)(a) of the Social Service Professions Act,
     was suspended on condition that the respondent
                                                                 Act No. 110 of 1978 (as amended), in that she
     repaid an amount of R40 000.00 to the UNICEF
                                                                 sought and obtained employment as a social worker
     account of the University of the Western Cape by
     30 July 2009.                                               when, in fact, she was only registered as a student
                                                                 social worker with the Council. The defendant also
                                                                 pleaded guilty to a contravention of Rule 3(3) of the
          Social Worker: Hemiswarie Surianarain
                                                                 Rules in that she submitted forged documentation, to
          Naidoo (10-07331)
                                                                 wit, social worker’s registration certificate with the
                                                                 SACSSP.
     Case Number: 115

     At a professional conduct inquiry held against              Penalty:
     Mrs Hemiswarie Surianarain Naidoo on 30 June 2009
     in Durban, the defendant (Mrs HS Naidoo) pleaded            The respondent’s name was removed from the
     guilty to the charge before her. This charge related        register as a student social worker. In addition, the
     to contravention of Rule 3(11) of the Rules in terms        Professional Conduct Committee recommended that
     of Section 27 of the Social Service Professions Act,        criminal charges be instituted.




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 Workshops on Professional Ethics
 The SACSSP is presenting another round of                    • reminding registered social workers in all spheres of
 workshops focusing on promoting minimum standards              practice of their ethical obligations.
 for professional ethics. This is in response to your
 requests for ongoing workshops, as well as the need          The workshops will extend beyond generic ethical
 identified by both the Professional Board for Social         practices and will include:
 Work and the Health and Welfare Sector Education
                                                              • Professional ethics in social work practice
 Training Authority (HWSETA) to promote pro-
                                                              • Ethical considerations in the specialized fields of
 fessional ethics among social workers, social auxiliary
                                                                social work
 workers and student social workers.                          • Ethics and continuing professional development
                                                              • Registration with the SACSSP as an ethical
 The SACSSP continuously aims to ensure an ethically-           compliance requirement
 competent workforce by:                                      • Human Rights and Social Services Delivery

 • encouraging employers to utilize these workshops           Since January 2009, the SACSSP has conducted
   to induct and orientate new social workers and
                                                              workshops on registration requirements and
   social auxiliary workers (including learners) on
                                                              professional ethics with fourth-year students at most
   acceptable standards of professional practice;
 • supporting universities and training institutions to       universities.
   promote ethical practice among all student social
   workers; and


 Joint workshops with social workers and social auxiliary workers have already commenced. The workshop
 schedule follows:


 Province          Dates                       Venues

 Eastern Cape      19 August 2009              Umtata

                   20 August 2009              University of Fort Hare

                   21 August 2009              University of Fort Hare

                   13 May 2010                 Port Elizabeth

 Free State        02 September 2009           Welkom

                   03 September 2009           Bloemfontein

 Gauteng           02 November 2009            Boksburg

                   04 November 2009            Pretoria

                   06 November 2009            Krugersdorp

                   08 April 2010               Vaal*

                   09 April 2010               Johannesburg*

 KwaZulu-Natal     06 October 2009             Durban




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     Joint workshops with social workers and social auxiliary workers have already commenced. The workshop
     schedule follows (continued):


     Province          Dates                        Venues
     KwaZulu-Natal     07 October 2009              Durban
     (continued
                       08 October 2009              University of Zululand
                       29 April 2010                Ladysmith*
                       30 April 2010                Pietermaritzburg*
     Limpopo           02 December 2009             Lemana College, Lemana Road, Elim
                       03 December 2009             Department of Health Auditorium, 18 College Road, Polokwane
     Mpumalanga        04 February 2010             Nelspruit*
                       05 February 2010             Middelburg*
     Northern Cape     24 February 2010             De Aar
                       25 February 2010             Upington*
                       26 February 2010             Kimberley*
     North West        15 March 2010                Rustenburg*
                       16 March 2010                Mafikeng*
                       17 March 2010                Potchefstroom*
     Western Cape      30 March 2010                Cape Town*
                       31 March 2010                Worcester/Robertson*
                       01 April 2010                Stellenbosch*
                       14 May 2010                  George*


       Workshop completed                                            The SACSSP offers all workshops free of charge.
     * Venues still to be confirmed                                    It is important to RSVP your attendance and
     * See website for details: www.sacssp.co.za                                       to be punctual.
                                                                               A register of attendance will be
     • Employers and training institutions are encouraged                         taken at each workshop.
       to contact the SACSSP for workshops to induct                 Registration is strictly between 08:00 and 08:30.
       staff and students on ethics.
                                                                    The workshops are presented from 08:30 to 15:30.
     • The SACSSP is proud to announce that it has also
       networked with the Human Rights Directorate of
       the Department of Social Development to                    All workshops are CPD accredited. Be sure to receive
       promote acceptable ethical practices in the social         your CPD certificate (with 5 CPD points) at the end of
       services sector.                                           the workshop.



     Update of Policy Guidelines
     The Policy Guidelines for Course of Conduct, Code of Ethics and the Rules for Social Workers are reviewed annually.
     Please submit any input you may have to the Registrar via e-mail to mail@sacssp.co.za or by fax to 012 329 9160.




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Adverts

 SENIOR BOOKKEEPER OR ACCOUNTANT – PRETORIA
 Salary package: R 200 000 – R250 000 (CTC)
 Main purpose of the job: To monitor, control, account and report to management on actual income and expenditure compared with the
 budget; to ensure timely, accurate and properly authorized payment of suppliers/service providers; to maintain financial control and sound
 creditor relations; to take full control of the accounting function and provide the Council with reliable and relevant financial accounting services.
 Job requirements: An appropriate post school financial accounting qualification/B-Com degree/Diploma in Bookkeeping or a minimum of 4−5
 years applicable experience; a sound knowledge of and experience in financial accounting, financial management and bookkeeping; advanced
 computer literacy and a knowledge of accounting packages, such as Pastel accounting, etc.; competency in human resource administration/
 people management, including performance and project management.
 Functions/Key responsibilities: Management of the re-allocation of funds for non-budgeted expenses; performance of full accounting functions;
 monthly monitoring of income against budget and the compilation of the monthly income and expenditure statements; investigation of
 variances between actual and budget figures; supervision and quality assurance of reconciliation of monthly payroll run to general ledger;
 processing and control of monthly statutory returns (VAT, PAYE, UIF, SDL & etc); preparation of trial balance sheets; supervision and quality
 assurance of reconciliation of balance sheet accounts; review and quality assurance of all monthly cash books; preparation and reconciliation
 of donor-funded projects; submission of quarterly reports on donor funding; overseeing the reconciliation of petty cash; supervision and quality
 assurance of fixed assets reconciliation; supervision of the maintenance of financial records; directing and management of the implementation
 and maintenance of the organization’s financial policies and procedures, directives and systems; minute keeping of Finance Committee meetings;
 supervision of the reconciliation of individual creditors; cash management; year-end reconciliations of balance sheet accounts; preparation of
 Annual Financial Statements; supervision of the Junior Bookkeeper and Procurement/Supplies Officer.
 Generic competencies required: Financial accounting and management skills; problem-solving and analysis skills; communication skills (verbal
 and written); service delivery innovations; innovation and creativity; information management skills; bookkeeping skills; knowledge management
 skills; research skills; client orientation and customer focus skills; computer literacy/presentation skills; ability to work under pressure; honesty
 and integrity. A valid driver’s licence and a willingness to travel will be an advantage.

 COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER – PRETORIA
 Salary package: R213 000 (CTC)
 Main purpose of post: To promote the effective implementation of the communication and public relations policies and strategies of the
 SACSSP; and to coordinate the communication and public relations activities of the SACSSP.
 Minimum job requirements: Appropriate communication and administrative qualifications/qualifications in Journalism and/or Public Relations
 and/or IT/IM qualifications/a minimum of 4−5 years applicable experience. Advanced computer literacy; knowledge of computer packages;
 knowledge of the social service professions; events management skills; verbal and written communication skills; sound knowledge and
 experience in IT/IM administration and communication, time management, project management, planning and organization.
 Functions/Key responsibilities: Implementation of the policies, strategic plans, programmes and projects in the division; project management of
 specific, allocated projects; coordination of activities in line with the operational plan and management of project budgets; compilation of reports
 and conduct of research; website and database management; management of advertisements and exhibitions; development, design, publishing,
 marketing, promotion and distribution of promotional material for the SACSSP and the boards; provision of desktop publishing and network
 support; assistance with the implementation of quality management systems pertaining to communication and public relations; the rendering of
 secretarial services and support concerning professional and administrative activities; identification of and liaison with relevant stakeholders;
 evaluation of new trends in information and communication developments; liaison with external service providers; media management, including
 the preparation of media statements; preparation of presentations; and acting as representative of the Council and the professional boards in
 the sector.
 Generic competencies required for the position: Project and media management skills; strategic capability and leadership skills; problem-
 solving and analysis skills; policy-writing and management skills; communication skills (verbal and written); service delivery innovation skills;
 information management skills; financial management skills; research skills; client orientation and customer focus; innovation and creativity skills;
 computer literacy; presentation skills; honesty and integrity; and an ability to work under pressure. A valid driver’s licence and a willingness to
 travel will be an advantage.

 ADMINISTRATIVE CLERK: PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT DIVISION – PRETORIA
 Basic salary: R85 144 (including benefits such as Council contributions to medical aid, housing and pension).
 Main purpose of post: To provide administrative and secretarial support to the effective implementation of policies pertaining to professional
 conduct of the social service professions registered under the Social Service Professions Act, Act No. 110 of 1978 (as amended), under the
 guidance and direction of, and reporting directly to the Manager of the Professional Conduct Division of the SACSSP.
 Minimum requirements: Matriculation exemption and relevant secretarial qualifications with at least five years proven work experience as a
 secretary/administrator; proven exposure to project management; proven report-writing and minute-taking skills; understanding of the ethical
 practice of social service professionals; computer literacy, meticulous attention to detail.
 Functions/Key responsibilities: Assist with the implementation of policies and strategic plans of the SACSSP pertaining to all social service
 professionals registered with the Council; effective execution of the activities of the division in consulation with the manager of the division;
 full administrative support to the division (including diary management, filing, flight bookings); assisting in the execution of the resolutions of the
 professional boards established at the Council pertaining to professional conduct; conduct research as directed; stakeholder networking; minute
 taking at meetings; assist in the management and administrative procedures regarding disciplinary hearings; adherence to financial requirements
 of the Council.                                                                                                             (continued on next page)




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     Administrative Clerk: Professional Conduct Division – Pretoria (continued)
     Generic knowledge and competencies required for the position: Appropriate secretarial and/or administrative skills and/or appropriate para-
     legal experience and/or general knowledge of labour law/relations and/or appropriate experience in the social services sector would be an
     advantage; problem-solving and analysis skills; service delivery innovations; proven experience regarding taking the minutes of meetings,
     disciplinary procedures and inquiries; good communication skills (verbal and written); research skills; client orientation and customer focus;
     presentation skills; honesty and integrity; ability to work under pressure. A valid driver’s licence and a willingness to travel will also be an
     advantage.

     Note:     Correspondence will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. If you have not been contacted within one month of the closing date,
     please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.
     All applications must include a cover letter motivating your reasons for applying for the post, a detailed Curriculum Vitae, a certified copy of
     your identity document, certified copies of relevant certificates and names and daytime contact details of at least two traceable referees.
     Please note that shortlisted candidates may have to undergo a competency test.
     Applications for all three positions must be forwarded to the Registrar: SACSSP, Private Bag X12, Gezina, 0031 or hand-delivered to 37 Annie
     Botha Avenue, Riviera, Pretoria or e-mailed to mail@sacssp.co.za
     CLOSING DATE:         APPLICATIONS MUST REACH THE OFFICES OF THE SACSSP BY 16:00 ON FRIDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2009


     STUDENT RELATIONS MANAGER
     Rosebank College has a vacancy for the position of STUDENT                •    Holistic development services that promote wellness and
     RELATIONS MANAGER. These managers provide holistic support                     wholeness in students.
     to students in areas such as life skills, wellness education and          •    Establishment of a formal, sustainable community engagement
     provide primary level counseling. Student retention programmes                 and volunteership programme.
     will also form a key focus area of this portfolio.                        •    Management of special needs as they arise on campus.
                                                                               •    Relationship management between student satisfaction,
     Reporting to:                                                                  retention and success.
                                                                               •    Management and development of the student organisation.
     The Vice Principal Student Support/ Principal                             •    Integration of on-campus support services, including Social
                                                                                    Activities, Library, Career Office and Academic Development
     Qualifications required:                                                       Services.
                                                                               •    Managing, monitoring and coordinating the bursary process and
     •   A four-year social work qualification.                                     students.
     •   Registration as a social worker with the SACSSP.                      •    Creating social awareness on site through various campaigns
     •   Driver’s licence and own transport essential.                              and programmes.

     Experience:                                                               Competencies required:

     Minimum of three year’s experience in social work. Such experience        •    Individual counseling, group work and community work/
     within an education background is preferable.                                  development knowledge and skills.
                                                                               •    Strong interpersonal skills.
     Duties:                                                                   •    Demonstrated ability to manage work and self proactively.
                                                                               •    Demonstrated organizational skills.
     •   Life skills, career guidance and work readiness programmes.
     •   Primary counseling and the establishment and maintenance of           INFO & CV:            hmpanza@rosebankcollege.co.za
         referral networks.                                                    CLOSING DATE:         30 NOVEMBER 2009




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