n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Children's rights : calling for a code of professional responsibilities in career counselling

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Decisions of South African courts and, indeed, of the South African parliament affect all psychologists. Career counselling professionals have to become knowledgeable regarding the legal aspects of career counselling. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse for unacceptable practices, which includes career counselling practices. The Employment Equity Bill, for instance, prohibits unfair discrimination of any kind whatsoever. The law is clear: psychological testing and other similar assessments of an employee are prohibited unless the test or assessment being used has been scientifically shown to be valid and reliable; can be applied fairly to all employees; and is not biased against any employee or group. Furthermore, the Ethical Code for Psychologists states that psychologists (should) avoid any action that may violate or diminish the legal and civil rights of clients. The question that now arises is: do certain aspects of career counselling, as it is currently practised in South Africa, respect the rights of children, including adolescents and/or youths, or are children's rights in some instances violated?

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