A Brief Note On The National Association Of Social Workers

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As social workers, under the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics, we are expected to, “Enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty” (Kirst-Ashman & Hull, 2015, pp. in chapter 7 beginning). Within my community, 18.8% of the population are living in poverty (American FactFinder - Community Facts, n.d.), in a city where 56% of the population are in poverty (Campbell, 2014). This is an issue that impacts individual’s human rights, because it can be difficult for them to find affordable housing, healthcare, or impact their basic rights as individuals. On the surface it would not appear that poverty was an issue, as nice homes can be seen. However, once past these homes and even looking closer it was evident that issues surrounding the community existed. Homes would be vandalized, run down, or abandoned, and while most of Jacksonville’s poor reside in and around downtown, it was evident that this community needed better social services to gain more support from the city as a whole. At the micro level, this impacts the individuals who reside in this community, because it demonstrates the need for greater support. This support is needed in social services, which could help find individuals better jobs, work to promote education to help future generations, and provide affordable housing. While 87.5% of the population
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