The newly elected president of the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP), aims to make a few amendments in her five-year term.
It’s been two months since Dr Maria Mabetoa’s appointment and she has already noticed some gaps. She says the council previously had only one social work board and now the child and youth care board has been established. Mabetoa says they will expand and improve the registration process of social services as it has previously been a problem due to lack of services.
“The registration process has been a major problem. Social service professionals are complaining about it and we will try to make an improvement in that area. We will also try to make sure that the administration of the council is improved and runs smoothly.”
According to Mabetoa, the council has been using an old Act which focused mainly on social workers.
“We now have other professionals as part of the council. So the new legislation will accommodate other social service professionals and a new board will be created. We have community development workers for example who might become social service professionals.”