Social Workers And The Rights Of Their Client

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Q.1 Social workers in an advocate role will attempt to advance the rights of their client while simultaneously attempting to empower them. The advocacy role requires the worker to collaborate with the client to identify gaps between where the client is, where they need to be and identify barriers where support is required. The worker may advocate by speaking on behalf of the client or by linking the client to resources. Advocating for clients on micro, mezzo or macro levels provides an opportunity for Social Workers to link their practice with the profession 's requirement to pursue social justice. Advocacy can take many forms such as; developing strategies that reduce poverty, identifying and eliminating oppressive practices, improving living conditions, addressing unjust social policy, highlighting discriminatory practices or advancing human rights. In deciding if a Social Worker is a Principled Advocate or a Pathological Partisan I would refer to Baker (2008), who identified characteristics/virtues that exemplify Principled Advocacy which include: humility, truth, transparency, respect, care (for others), authenticity, equity, and social responsibility. The antithesis of these virtues are vices, characteristics of a Pathological Partisan described by Baker as: arrogant, deceitful, prone to secrecy, manipulative, disregardful of others, artificial, unjust, and full of self interest. Bateman (2000), offered six key principles followed by a Principled Advocate, they

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