A group of service providers – Childline, Child Welfare South Africa, the Disabled Children’s Action Group, the National Alliance for Child and Youth Care Workers, the National Early Childhood Development Alliance and the National Welfare Forum – in 2008 recognised that it was essential for social service practitioners to engage with the draft Social Service Professions Bill to advocate for improvements. Based on their experiences in the Children's Bill campaign, the service providers wanted to harness their collective energies and approached the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town, to co-ordinate the campaign.
As a result, the Social Service Practitioners Advocacy Network was established to:
The network focused on the following activities:
Sub-groups for the different social services occupations were established. Each sub-group consisted of a network representative responsible for co-ordinating the advocacy strategy of the sector, and a technical expert who was responsible for drafting the final submission on behalf of the sector. The rest of the sub-group consisted of practitioners in the sector contributed to the advocacy strategies and the submission to Parliament.
Sub-groups for the following occupational groups were established: