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Who We Are


We strive to be "a centre of excellence in social work education and training in South Africa, regionally and internationally, and promote social development, social change and wellbeing of people through research, teaching and community service". 


Social work is a helping profession and focuses on enhancing human wellbeing. Social workers are sought after in many contexts because they focus both on the person and their environment and are knowledgeable and skilled in helping meeting basic and complex needs of all people, with a particular focus on those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and marginalised.

Social work as a multi-disciplinary profession

In addition to Social Work theory, the profession's knowledge-base is related to Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and subdisciplines of human services. During training, students are introduced to and develop knowledge about different theories, approaches, models and practice methods related to social work. In addition, practice skills are developed through practical skills training workshops and field practice placements at various organisations under the supervision of experienced social workers.

Registration as a social worker

All social workers are required to register as social workers with the South African Council for the Social Service Professions (SACSSP). Registration is compulsory and ensures a basic standard of professional conduct.

Social work Code of Ethics

Social workers subscribe to the following seven guiding value and principles:

  • Social justice
  • Respect for people's worth, human rights and dignity
  • Competence
  • Integrity
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Show care and concern for other's wellbeing
  • Service delivery