Discussion: Developing Political Strategies
In this week’s resources, you explore the stories of Susana and the Bradley family. They are all in situations that need social work intervention and advocacy. What political strategies would you use to enact policies developed to assist these individuals?
In this Discussion, you develop political strategies to address one aspect of the situation(s) and problem(s) facing Susana and members of the Bradley family.
To Prepare: View the Bradley Episode 7 in the media for this week. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nH31SJgvbEO8aRmN-…
By Day 3
Post an explanation of the political strategies you would use to address one aspect of the situations/problems facing Susana and members of the Bradley family. Explain why you selected that strategy.
Be sure to support your post with specific references to this week’s resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references.
By Day 5
Respond to a colleague who chose a different political strategy than you. Offer a supportive insight based on your own experience as a social worker and/or policy advocate.
RE: Discussion – Week 9
I enjoyed reading the case of Tiffani Bradley. Tiffany Bradley was a teenager who came from a very disturbing family. Her mother was on drugs and her uncle was having inappropriate relations with her. Tiffani ended up becoming involved in prostution and caught some charges in the process. However, a new law was passed called the Safe Harbor law. The Safe Harbor law understands that young adolescents involved in prostitution doesn’t need jail time but rather help (Laureate Education, 2013). However, Tiffani appeared to be confused upon hearing the news. She stated that her pimp will think she snitched (Laureate Education, 2013).
Policy advocates are to ensure the well-being of individuals. Political strategies that I would use to address one aspect of the situations/problems facing Susana and members of the Bradley family would be to make sure that Tiffani stays safe while she is out and free of charges. Even though Tiffani was free of her charges, it is not a guarantee that she will remain free of trouble. The strategy that I would develop would be to organize groups of social workers that can support these teens while they are out in society. As our example of the social work intern suggests, power relation-ships and power resources also are used extensively in social agencies as advocates try to improve services for clients (Jannson, 2018). I would come together with other social workers to see what kind of services we could provided to people like Tiffani and provide them with information on human trafficking and the prevalence of it. The critical first element in policy advocacy is an innovative idea that promotes social justice (Sherraden, Slosar & Sherraden, 2002). As we know, most services cost. These services would be government funded.
Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Series.
Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013). Bradley (Episode 7 of 42) [Video file]. In Sessions. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu