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					          BRIEFING REPORT:
 SOUTH AFRICAN COUNCIL FOR SOCIAL
    SERVICE PROFESSIONS (SACSSP)
                 TO
THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE FOR SOCIAL
            DEVELOPMENT


     President- Ms. Marilyn Setlalentoa

               30 May 2007
        FOCUS AREAS

   INTRODUCTION
   ACHIEVEMENTS, STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AND
    CHALLENGES
   RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF SOCIAL
    WORKERS
   ALIGNMENT OF SOCIAL WORK AND CHILD AND
    YOUTH CARE TRAINING
   COUNCIL’S DATABASE- REGISTERED PERSONS
   PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND ETHICS
   RESEARCH ON DEMARCATION
   REVIEW OF SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS ACT
   CONCLUSION
             INTRODUCTION
   South Africa like many countries in this continent is
    plagued by many social and economic problems. There is
    great need for social service professions to deal with
    these problems. The Council on the other hand, is the
    statutory body that is responsible for maintaining
    standards for different social service professions

    Minister Trevor Manuel in his budget speech said
    “human life has equal value” thus emphasising the need
    for more social workers to provide professional services
    of high quality and standard. He also recognised social
    work profession as one of the oldest professions.
     INTRODUCTION (Conti…..
   The Department of Social Development is at the centre
    of the mission to reach vulnerable groups, and the need
    for more social service professionals is also addressed in
    the budget speech of Minister Skweyiya

Council appreciates the opportunity given by Portfolio
  Committee to –

       SHARE THE ACTIVITIES OF THE COUNCIL AND PROFESSIONAL BOARDS

       PROVIDE INFORMATION ON NEW DEVELOPMENTS

       SEEK SUPPORT OF PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
              ACHIEVEMENTS
   Developed and implemented the strategic plan for
    2007/08 – 9/10
   Restructuring of the Council to address equity and
    improve operations to promote efficiency and
    responsiveness to the sector
   Commissioned research on the Demarcation of the fields
    of services, Professionalisation and Specialisation
   Review of the Social Service Professions Act, 110 of
    1978, jointly with the Department
   Implementation of learnerships pertaining to social
    auxiliary work and auxiliary child and youth care
ACHIEVEMENTS( Conti…
   Implementation of a system for continuing
    professional development (CPD) is significant to
    ensure that social service professions remain in line
    with new developments and deliver quality services.
   A policy for the utilisation of ecomeric measuring
    instruments by social workers and social auxiliary
    workers have been accepted for piloting
   Established two Professional Boards - PBSW and
    PBCYC
   Developed Regulations to register Child and Youth
    Care workers
   Skills development Indaba
         STRATEGIC PLAN 2007/08

       In presenting the strategic plan for the 2007/08 financial year,
        we outline our intention to streamline social service professions,
        to promote efficiency, prevent duplication and to maximize
        service delivery in respect of social development; as well as
        positively contribute to “social interventions of joint efforts
        among all South Africans to improve social cohesion” as mentioned
        by President Mbeki in his State of the Nation Address.
    SACSSP employees to excel                          Serving the interest of social
        Client centricity                                service professionals
        Foresight and Visionary                          Education and training
         thinking                                         Ethical conduct and
        Positive attitude/optimism                       Professional service
        Trustworthiness
        Respect for the individual
        Understanding as well as     STRATEGIC PLAN
         buying into the strategic        SACSSP
         vision/ mandate of the
         Council
           PROGRAMMES AND PRIORITIES
                   2007/08
    CEO’S/REGISTRARS OFFICE                     PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT


                                           Create awareness amongst the public
    Policy development to govern           about the code of conduct expected
     the relationship between Council       from social service professionals
     and Boards
                                           Educate communities about their
    Processing of Regulations              rights and recourse if social service
                                            professionals violate these rights
    Professionalizing other
     occupational groups                   Educate social service stakeholders
                                            about ethics and the role Council
    Financial sustainability of the        plays in ensuring adherence to the
     Council and the Professional           ethics by social service professionals
     Boards
                                           Research into trends pertaining to
    Expansion of registers of the          disciplinary hearings
     social service professions
                                           Compile a compendium of previous
                                            cases for social work students to use
                                            during training
     PROGRAMMES AND PRIORITIES
           2007/08 (Conti…
       EDUCATION AND                  POLICY AND ADVOCACY
        DEVELOPMENT
   Continuing Professional
    Development (CPD)                    Enhance image
   Determine more specialised                profession
    fields in Social Work
   Learnership in Social Auxiliary
    Work (SAW), Child and Youth          Development of
    Care (CYC) etc                        Communication
   Develop minimum standards for             strategy
    the education and training of
    social auxiliary workers and
    social workers                       Constituency
   Finalise and publish the                  consultation
    regulations for registration of
    child and youth care workers
   Compliance with norms and            Management of media
    standards for IHL
    RETENTION AND RECRUITMENT
        OF SOCIAL WORKERS
   This matter is of great concern to Council and it is working closely with
    the Department on the several programmes, such as:


        Conference to launch the unified professional association in
         September 2007


        Skills development indaba


        Setting standards for social auxiliary workers, and facilitating work
         with the HWSETA for the training of these workers to support
         social workers in service delivery
    ALIGNMENT OF SOCIAL WORK
            TRAINING
Standards Generating Body (SGB) for Social Work
 SGB was initiated by the SACSSP during 2000, in line
  with the requirements of the South African
  Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Act, 1995. The
  SACSSP played an active role in determining the
  minimum standards for the education and training of
  social workers and social auxiliary workers.

   During the process of determining new minimum
    standards, the SACSSP consulted widely and aligned
    the standards with social needs of the country and
    benchmarking the minimum standards internationally.
    ALIGNMENT OF SOCIAL WORK
         TRAINING (Conti…
   In line with the minimum standards, new qualifications
    were designed for the education and development of
    social workers and social auxiliary workers, with
    reference to the four year professional qualification
    in social work namely the Bachelor of Social Work
    (BSW) and the one year social auxiliary work
    qualification namely the Further Education and
    Training Certificate (FET) in Social Auxiliary Work.


   The exit level outcomes of both these qualifications
    were aligned with the developmental approach to
    social welfare in South Africa.
    ALIGNMENT OF SOCIAL WORK
         TRAINING (Conti…
Benchmarking of qualifications with new requirements:

   To ensure that all training providers meet the new
    requirements, the SACSSP undertook site visits to
    universities with a view not only to assess whether
    existing learning programmes meet the requirements,
    but specifically to empower the universities to align
    existing qualifications with the new requirements.

   Self-assessment reports were also required from all
    the providers, to be submitted to the SACSSP
    ALIGNMENT OF SOCIAL WORK
         TRAINING (Conti…
   A 100% participation rate was received from the universities and the
    implementation of the new programmes was effected from 1 January
    2007, with a phasing in approach through all four years of study until
    2010, when the first learners will graduate.

Social auxiliary work training:
 As far as the learning programme of the social auxiliary workers is
   concerned, the Department of Labour approved the learning programme
   as a learnership.

   The new programme is developed to not only address the developmental
    approach, but to ensure career pathing since it is an FET Certificate on
    NQF Level 4, which should provide learners access to further learning
    in higher education with specific reference to social work. The
    department has raised concerns about the exit level outcome and this
    matter is being addressed jointly with the department and HWSETA
    ALIGNMENT OF SOCIAL WORK
         TRAINING (Conti…
   Since private institutions may form part of the
    provider sector in this regard, the SACSSP developed
    a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the
    Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA) to ensure that
    quality education and training is conducted.

   Both the BSW and the FET Certificate in Social
    Auxiliary Work must meet the specific exit level
    outcomes as formulated by the Standards Generating
    Body for Social Work. The Professional Board for
    Social Work, under the auspices of the SACSSP, is
    currently developing a policy on how providers could
    be monitored to ensure that the outcomes that are
    supportive of the developmental approach be met.
  ALIGNMENT OF CHILD AND
YOUTH CARE TRAINING (Conti….
CHILD AND YOUTH CARE
   Similar to the Social Work profession, the SGB for
    Child and Youth Care formulated the standards for
    the Further Education and Training Certificate in
    Child and Youth Care, which is a one year training
    course and a registered learnership with the
    Department of Labour.

   All learning on this band is now aligned with the
    specific outcomes of the unit standards as
    formulated in the qualification.
    ALIGNMENT OF CHILD AND YOUTH
         CARE TRAINING (Conti…
   The SGB has also submitted to SAQA their
    proposed requirements for the Bachelor of
    Child and Youth Care. Approval of this
    qualification is awaited from SAQA.

   The members of the Professional Board for
    Child and Youth Care, under the auspices of
    the SACSSP, participated actively in this
    process.
DATABASE OF COUNCIL
CHILD AND YOUTH CARE WORKERS
   It is estimated that there are ±4449 child and youth
    care workers in the country, of whom most are at an
    FET level and volunteers.

   This occupational class is not yet on the register of
    Council, as the Regulations to register them is not yet
    submitted for approval to the Minister of Social
    Development

   Figures of the demographic spread is attached as an
    annexure to the presentation
DATABASE OF COUNCIL (Conti..
                                  STATISTICS
  Registered            2004                2005                2006              2007
   persons
Social workers          10645              10676               11414              11962

Social auxiliary         1591               1848                2189               1485
   workers
Student- Social          976                 976                1126               1061
   workers                                                                    Registration in
                                                                                progress-
                                                                               closing date
                                                                                June 2007
Student Social     Student numbers –incorporated in above statistic, June          FET
  Auxiliary        2006. Those currently still in the process of completing    Learnerships
   workers          the Councils course:1739 Council no longer provides its        210
                      own training course and SAW’s register in the FET
                         training programme offered by the HWseta,

     Figures of the demographic spread is attached as an annexure to the
                                  presentation
    PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND ETHICS


   The process of addressing issues of
    professional misconduct is clearly articulated
    in the regulations (as well as the policy
    guidelines) of the Social Service Professions
    Act, Act 110 of 1978.

   Council has made concerted efforts in
    promoting professional behaviour on the part
    of its constituency by:
    PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND
          ETHICS (Conti..
   placing the Code of Ethics on the website,
   compiling a booklet on the Code of Conduct for
    social workers/social auxiliary workers and student
    social workers
   personally presenting workshops to social workers
    and student social workers nationally, explaining
    the Code of Ethics
   by being readily available telephonically to offer
    advice to social workers who find themselves in
    situations of conflict with the ethical demands of
    the profession
     PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND
           ETHICS (Conti..
The implementation of the regulations for
the professional conduct of social service
professionals is a challenging undertaking,
with the following points for deliberation:

   There is an increasing number of complaints
    being received from the general public who
    feel cheated out of a professional service by
    a limited number of social service
    professionals.
PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND
      ETHICS (Conti..


   In this regard the Act does not make provision for
    certain issues in relation to professional conduct
   Increased number of social workers practising and remain
    unregistered. The public, is because of these actions, not
    protected
PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND
      ETHICS (Conti..

   administering disciplinary tribunals/hearings against
    defaulters where applicable

   Listing and reporting of those found guilty in the Council’s
    newsletter as well as the Government Gazette as well as
    the penalty imposed, to serve as a deterrent.

   Council is presently working on the regulations and the
    code of ethics for child and youth care workers/student
    child and youth care workers, and auxiliary child and
    youth care workers
            Professional conduct cases
             received and attended to
   Professional Conduct Division : Statistics
    January 2007- May 2007
    Cases finalised      RCPC (complaints    CPI   Disciplinary   Appeal Hearings
                         processed at RCPC         Hearings
                         level)

    Number Finalized     34                                       1

    Number Currently     45                  3     1
    being attended to;
    execution of
    resolutions



    Number Pending       42                        3              1 (possibility of withdrawal of
    (awaiting                                                     disciplinary proceedings)
    documents etc)
RESEARCH ON DEMARCATION
   One issue that the Council is confronted with is an
    increase in the number of other occupational groups
    applying for professional status.

   This necessitated research on demarcation of
    services which is currently underway, and done in
    partnership with the Department of Social
    Development.

   The rationale for this action is the following:
RESEARCH ON DEMARCATION(
          Conti….
   Professionalizing the social service occupations,
    ensuring a high level of professionalism in the
    social service professions
   Categories of professionals targeted in the
    research:

           15 social workers and social auxiliary workers
           15 community development workers
           15 youth workers
           15 child and youth care workers
           15 social workers- focusing on specialities
           15 probation officers
    RESEARCH ON DEMARCATION
             (Conti….


 The research results on demarcating the
  fields of service will be incorporated in the
  new Social Service Professions Act
 The 2nd draft research report was debated at
  the Council and Board meeting on 29 May
  2007
        REVIEW OF THE SOCIAL SERVICE
        PROFESSIONS ACT, 110 OF 1978

 The said Act was amended from the Social
  Work Act. It also does not address the
  current challenges of the social services
  sector.
 The research findings of the Demarcation of
  fields of services are very critical as they will
  be filtered into the Act, in that it will
  address matters such as –
   REVIEW OF THE SOCIAL SERVICE
PROFESSIONS ACT, 110 OF 1978 (Conti..
    The development of specialisations and their
     registration in the act, with a view to career
     pathing as mentioned in the Retention and
     Recruitment Strategy for Social Workers

    Determining the roles, responsibilities and scope
     of practice, of different occupational groups

    Developing guidelines for employers of social
     service professionals for conditions of service
       REVIEW OF THE SOCIAL SERVICE
    PROFESSIONS ACT, 110 OF 1978 (Conti..
   Cheadle Thompson and Haysom Attorneys have
    been appointed as the legal drafters

   The 3rd draft Social Service Professions Bill was
    debated by the Council and the Boards on 29 May
    2007.

   National and Provincial meetings are scheduled
    from 11- 22 June 2007 to ensure stakeholder
    participation.

   It is envisaged that the Bill would be tabled
    before the Portfolio Committee in July 2007
           CHALLENGES
   To enhance the image of the social service
    professions

    To encourage continued professional
    development

   To provide guidelines to the various
    occupational groups in terms of scope of
    practice, standards for education and
    training and the code of ethics
        CHALLENGES (Conti…
   To identify and professionalize where
    possible various unregulated groups of
    occupations.

   To ensure financial sustainability of all
    professional boards

   To clarify the roles and responsibilities of
    the Council versus the Professional Boards.
         CHALLENGES (Conti…
   Number of learners needs to increase due to the
    provisions of the new Children’s Act and the
    requirements pertaining to human resources
    needed.

   Additional providers are required specifically for
    the education and training of social auxiliary
    workers.

   Buy-in by workplaces at both public and NGO level
    into learnerships
         CHALLENGES (Conti…
   Training of assessors and moderators is a challenge, since
    social workers and child and youth care workers must provide
    the learning.

   Due to huge workloads, this is an additional burden on the
    professions, which result in even a greater demand for human
    and financial resources.

   Universities can only accept a particular number of social
    work students.

   Workplaces for social auxiliary work learners is a problem

   New posts need to be developed for social auxiliary workers.
CHALLENGES
   The Council noted with concern a decrease in
    the number of newly qualified social workers
    and others leaving the country. Some of the
    reasons expressed are:

     Salaries for government are not attractive
     NGOs are paying far less than government
     Working conditions are not conducive
            WAY FORWARD
   Registration of child and youth care workers’

   Creating awareness amongst civil society
    about the code of ethics of social service
    professionals

   Ensure that Social Services Bill is tabled
    before Parliament during this financial year
          CONCLUSION (Conti…
   The challenge however is for all social services
    professions and stakeholders to work together towards
    ensuring the achievement of ”social cohesion and human
    solidarity”.

   Involving communities in developmental programmes would
    reduce dependency on the state and would contribute to
    economic growth because the approach will provide job
    opportunities.

   Social service professionals should be trained in a way
    that would contribute economic development of our
    people, hence the critical role Continued Professional
    Development (CPD) would play.
       CONCLUSION (Conti…

   As poverty remains still one of the challenges in
    our country, social security and social welfare
    services are of paramount importance to improve
    the social functioning of our people.

   Council sincerely appreciates this opportunity to
    present to the Portfolio Committee some of the
    achievements and challenges faced by Council.
THANK YOU

				
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