Social Workers and Policy Advocacy Essay

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As a social worker it is important to engage in policy practice. It is a part of the profession, whether you like it or not. It is an aspect that can change the way things are done for clients in a good way or bad. If you want to be more affective in practice, advocating for policies is one way of making sure your clients receive what they deserve. Chapin (2011) talks about how as a social worker you cannot take on every social policy issue, but it is important to consider the policies that affect your client population. In light of Chapin (2011) my client population is students in an alternative school, ages 17-20. The current policy that will affect them most in their school career is the Common Core State Standards. This is a policy…show more content…
In the House the K-12 subcommittee, education appropriations subcommittee, and the education committee reviewed it. In the Senate the appropriations, education, and appropriations subcommittee on education reviewed the bill. Both of the bills were “killed” in one of the committees it was read to. This shows that there is still a need for more advocacy for this bill to be passed. One of the members on the House education committee is Joe Saunders. He is a supporter of this bill and wants to see it passed this time during legislation. When he spoke about this in class you could tell how passionate he was, he values education and wants to see the state of Florida improve in that area for the younger generations. Also, CPALMS is in support of this policy; this is the source for the standards in Florida (Common Core State Standards). On the other hand, like with any policy there will be opposition as well. In the state of Florida there are a lot of older adults making up the population. Since they are retired they may not think about the value of education for the younger population in the state. This is where there would need to be the most advocacy to get this population on board to pass this policy. The first step in the advocacy plan would be to talk with Joe Saunders, the representative in my district. It is important to voice your thoughts to a legislator who will support what you want to see
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