COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONER PROFILING FOR OCCUPATIONAL PROFESSIONALISATION, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUOUS QUALITY ASSURANCE

  • Cornel Hart University of the Western Cape
  • Frik De Beer University of South Africa
Keywords: community development, community development practitioners, continuous professional development, practice policy framework, practitioner profiling, professionalisation

Abstract

Regardless of the worldwide acknowledgement of the importance of community development, the challenge of professional occupational recognition remains, intensified by the lack of practitioner profile data. Raising practice standards through standardised, cohesive and effective movements drives professionalism, guided by a practice policy framework that describes its practitioners’ ethical code, standardised and quality-assured knowledge and skills to be measured against regulated occupational norms and standards. This article provides a broad overview of the requirements for occupational professionalisation linked to a countrywide practitioner profile survey conducted to inform the South African Community Development Practice Policy Framework that guides occupational professionalism pre- and post-professionalisation.

Author Biographies

Cornel Hart, University of the Western Cape
Department of Social Work, University of the Western Cape  
Frik De Beer, University of South Africa
Department of Development Studies, University of South Africa
Published
2022-11-30
How to Cite
Hart, C., & De Beer, F. (2022). COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PRACTITIONER PROFILING FOR OCCUPATIONAL PROFESSIONALISATION, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUOUS QUALITY ASSURANCE. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 58(4), 501-519. https://doi.org/10.15270/58-4-1078
Section
Articles