Social work is a dynamic helping profession, where the main goal is to improve the welfare of every individual in a society. Law is a system of legal rules that governs the way members of society interact with each other. Law is necessary for order, justice, punishment, protection and to settle dispute. Social workers need to have familiarity with the legal process and the understanding of basic legal principles in order to effectively be able to assess and intervene on behalf of clients. Problems where social work and the law overlap have consistently challenged social work professionals.
As social workers, speaking on social welfare policy standpoint, social workers do everything from the federal level to the state level insuring and overseeing the administration of social programs. It takes the efforts of social workers in policy makers, as well as program administration to adequately provide the assistance to our clients. Implementation of specific policies can be undermined if the social workers believe that the policy will not be in the best interest of the client. Crises and pivotal events sometime shape the course of implementation, such as wrongdoing by implementers or incorrect decision that adversely affect the lives of clients (Jansson 2018, pg. 466).
With the purpose of promoting equality, the government’s goal is to establish the concept of welfare state, civil rights and equality under the law. Under welfare state, the government provides social services that aid the disabled, unemployed and the poor by taxing citizens. By establishing equality under the law, it will not allow anyone to be above the law and therefore, they all must follow the same laws. Although there are different types of governments, they all share the first two main purposes of government except for the third purpose since not all government promote equality. As humans, we want order and need an authority to
At my agency, the Children’s Village, there is not a specific policy that prohibit accepting gifts from the clients; however, there are ethical guiding standards that employees should follow in regards to client-worker relationship consistent with the NASW Code of Ethics. For instance, standard 1.06(a) recommends social workers to “avoid conflicts of interest that interfere with the exercise of professional discretion and impartial judgement” (NASW Code of Ethics, 2017, p. 10). Even though this ethical standard does not prohibit accepting gifts, it sends a clear message to social workers about the risks related to taking gifts from clients. In fact, the NASW Code of Ethics advices that accepting gifts from clients represent the risk of such action to be interpreted as bartering by the client. As a result, if the worker accepts the gift, there is a risk that the client may expect the worker to pay back with work related favors.
If the goal is to create a society in which marginalized groups are equal citizens, then Social Work has an obligation to demand a moral-system that resonates with that objective. There must be a communal (collective) account of injustice, unfairness or oppression for any government-enforced redistribution or effort for reform to be rendered equally or indiscriminately. Without an emphasis on interdependence, a caring society, empathy, and intersectionality, Social Work’s assistance or governmental interventions in people of colors’ communities cannot truly be anti-oppressive, but rather temporary solutions to intergenerational inequality, crises, disparities and social
As an individual which hasn’t encounter many life altering experiences, it is difficult to pin point my main social lens. However, the prevailing lens which could be used to describe experiences in my life is a conflict lens. In this paper, I will explain the main influences on my lens which include, growing up in a working-class family which created my perception of work values. Similarly, joining the defence force has developed my lens to focus on the importance of being a cohesive team even if there is a hierarchy of control. An individual’s values and morals relating to society are influenced by the surrounding social structures.
Sakamoto and Pitner (2005) write that AOP works towards eliminating the oppressions that negatively affect people’s lives by challenging the structural forces currently in place, which give some people more power than others. They also comment that social workers are never neutral professionals, and that it is their duty to initiate and further social movements, while also helping individual clients. Taking an AOP approach to social work helps to ensure that practitioners are pursuing social justice in their practice, which is an important aspect of social work that can be neglected when focusing solely on individual clients and their personal
According to the Social Personality Expert Social concern is our interest or interest in helping others. Our immediate environment has great influence in determining our level of social concern. In order for us not to be numb with societal concern, we must be diligent in sharpening our social concerns. The trick can diligently attend social service events. One to note is the pity definition.
First are foremost, the most important difference between friendships and social work relationships is that the latter is a professional relationship that is developed in order to provide a helping service and promote change (Heinonen and Spearman, 2010). Therefore, in a professional relationship, social workers are required to have social control over a relationship which further allows a social worker to regulate, govern and restrict activities or behaviours of a client and in some cases, make decisions for the client when they are unable to. Whereas in a friendship, there is no need to have social control over the other person. Thus, in a friendship, one person does not need to regulate, govern or restrict activities or behaviours in the
This involves systematically examining survival skills, abilities, knowledge, resources and desires that can be used in some way to help meet client goals (Saleebey, 1996). The helping process from initial contact, goal identification, assessment and intervention to evaluation has the underlying assumptions that human beings have the capacity for growth and change (Weick, 1992), knowledge about one 's situation (Early & GlenMaye, 2000), resilience (Garmezy, 1994) and membership (Walzer, 1983). The major focus in practice from the strengths approach is collaboration and partnership between social workers and clients. Other methods include environment modification and advocacy (Early & GlenMaye, 2000). Tim explained to the students that he “tell the folks what he can do and what he can’t” Tim further explained that “I make it a policy never to do anything for the clients that they can do for themselves”.