Sometimes, during heated discussions and debates about social policy, the underlying reasons for the policy go unnoticed. Advocates and policymakers may become so committed to their perspectives and to winning the debates that they lose focus on the larger context surrounding an issue. The purpose of policy is to improve the lives and well-being of individuals and groups in our society. As you assume the role of a social work policymaker, consider the importance of keeping the needs and experiences of vulnerable populations at the forefront of your mind in your advocacy efforts. This can help to assure effective policy practice.
Assignment (3–5 pages, APA format): Your paper should include: I prefer at least 4 pages
- A description of the individual you selected who is representative of a population that is considered to be an “at-risk,” marginalized, or oppressed group
- An evaluation of the impact of policy from the perspective of the individual you selected.