n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The case for a regulatory board for criminologists

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Criminologists in South Africa have been debating the registration of a professional regulatory board for criminologists since 1994 when the then Criminological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA) appointed a professionalisation committee to investigate the matter. A survey by this committee found that 91.8% of the respondents surveyed supported mandatory registration on a minimal entry qualification together with a Professional Code of Ethics. The CRIMSA syllabus committee furthermore found that there was over specialisation and a lack of inter-university liaison and that criminology should become more professional. This paper will give an overview of the work of these two committees and the qualifications later developed by the Criminology and Criminal Justice Standards Generating Body. The case for a regulatory body for criminologists will then be assessed in terms of the following :

  • The need to regulate uniform training standards
  • The tasks of a professional regulatory board
  • Protection of society and vulnerable individuals
  • The types of work performed by criminologists.
The location of a criminology regulatory board will also be briefly debated.


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