About Us

Social work leaders in excellence since 1979

SAASWIPP is a voluntary professional association of social workers in private practice. Our members are experienced, qualified social workers and registered with the South African Council of Social Service Professions (SACSSP). Formed in 1979, we have members in all nine provinces.

SAASWIPP aims to promote and foster high ethical and professional standards of practice amongst members.

We advocate for the value of the wide range of services provided by social workers in private practice. To this end we liaise with medical aids, government and other policymakers to represent our membership and to promote the value of their services.

SAASWIPP supports their members by adhering to the highest standard of professionalism, providing leadership, networking opportunities, supervision, orientation programmes and the promotion of ethical excellence.

SAASWIPP has adopted a new approach to ethics by focusing on personal and professional character. We have set up our own ethics desk and are experienced professionals that provide leadership to the industry.

Our four constituted branches provide CPD training opportunities for private social workers and orientation programmes for social workers entering private practice.

Our Vision and Mission

SAASWIPP believes in the value of the social work profession and in the valuable contribution made by social workers in private practice to mental and physical health, psychosocial well-being, welfare and development in South Africa.

Here at SAASWIPP, we aim to:

Support our members by providing networking opportunities, orientation programmes, information on running a private practice and by negotiating benefits such as affordable indemnity insurance.

Promote high standards of professionalism and ethical conduct by social workers in private practice by developing appropriate policies for membership, providing information on available training opportunities, offering affordable CPD training and opportunities for professional interchange.

Advocate for a conducive environment in which we can practice our profession as social workers in private practice by lobbying legislative and decision-making bodies.

Promote the value of services provided by our members by liaising with medical aids and with colleagues inside and outside the profession and through marketing initiatives.

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About SAASWIP

SAASWIPP is a voluntary professional association of social workers in private practice. Our members are experienced qualified social workers, registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).

SAASWIPP believes in the value of the Social Work profession and in the valuable contribution made by social workers in private practice to mental health, psychosocial well-being, welfare and development in South Africa.