Good afternoon class,
I believe advocacy is a vital aspect of social work because
is the means the worker chooses as the most effective
way of bringing change."
Series: Understand Generalist Practice pg 515) One of the
roles social workers take on is called the
identifying, locating and linking client's to needed
(Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Understand
Generalist Practice) Sometimes organizations or individuals
may not want to help service a client for a number of reasons.
That's when social workers take their role as advocate on. The
NASW ethics preamble states
"Social worker's commitment
to the under-served, poor and groups discriminated
against by institutions, governments and other
organization...these activities may be in the form of
direct practice...advocacy...and evaluation."
have an ethical duty to advocate for our clients rather it be a
specific client (case advocacy) or group (cause advocacy). In
2013 social workers advocated on the rights of gay marriage.
This matter was taken to the supreme court and the Defense of
Marriage Act (DOMA) was decided upon. Being an advocate
can cause some tension and even cause a worker to lose their
job. However, the NASW legal defense fund was put in place to
help social worker's punished for engaging in advocacy
practice. A pending law that I feel will effect the community as
well as social work practice is
"The lifespan and Respite
Care Act: which would establish a program to assist
family caregivers in accessing affordable and high-
quality respite care."
being passed could potentially give more client's and their
caregivers comfortable housing as well as persuade more
family members to become caregivers. Allowing families to
stay together and client's to stay in the comfort of their home
as opposed to clinic housing.
Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr.
Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.