Ethical, Moral, and Legal Challenges of Advocating

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Introduction The human services field is one that is replete with ethical challenges. One of these is integrating advocacy with mediation. Advocacy means that one considers a certain branch of action to be the most moral, pragmatic approach and urges individuals and or local or national government (as well as other applicable institutions) to adopt it. Mediation, on the other hand, is the more objective stance of retaining an objective position and being the mediator between the individual (and the party) and helping them evaluate whether or not they wish to adopt that position. The problem is that it is extremely difficult to be objective when one advocates a certain realm of action and yet one has to be so if one is to be an ethical social worker. This essay considers the ethical, moral, and legal challenges of advocating within the agency setting of Planned Parenthood. Advocacy Clients, especially in the poorer and more vulnerable settings that social workers work in, are often unaware of their rights and the actions that they need to adopt in order to lead a healthier, safer life. This is where advocacy comes in where social workers make clients aware of their rights, responsibilities, and more 'enlightened' and healthier forms of conduct. In my case, this is Planned Parenthood where I teach a mother who already has many children how to prevent herself from having more; or I may teach an adolescent the rudiments of sex education and hand her contraceptives. I am, in
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