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April 6, 2020

Protective workshops assessment procedures consultation - April 2020

The SA Federation for Mental Health commissioned research in 2019 on the formal and informal assessment methods that are currently being utilised in protective workshops across South Africa. The goal was to a) inform the Department of Social Development about current assessment processes being utilised in different protective workshop settings in the different South African provinces, and to b) develop recommendations on what standardised assessment procedures could possibly look like in the future, taking into consideration the resource constraints that many protective workshops continue to face.

At present, there is no consistent, standardised assessment methodology that is used to assess service users or to track their progress within protective workshops, and the SA Federation for Mental Health thus commissioned this research in the hope that it could contribute towards the establishment of a new, comprehensive, all-encompassing assessment methodology, applicable to all types of disabilities, taking into consideration current good practices. An important principle was that assessment methodologies and tools should be user-friendly and allow for non-professional staff (once trained by professional staff), to utilise these with ease.

A face-to-face workshop had originally been planned for end-March 2020 to capture further inputs from stakeholders. However, given the COVID-19 pandemic, the SA Federation for Mental Health, in co-operation with the National Department of Social Development, would instead like to invite you to read and provide electronic feedback / comments / input on the below documents, specifically on the proposed assessment tool.

We would appreciate it if you could provide your feedback via the attached template, and send this back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than the 30th of April 2020.

All feedback will be analysed and consolidated into a final report to the Department of Social Development.

Thank you in advance for your time and willingness to participate in this process.

Last modified on April 7, 2020