SOCW6361: Discussion – Response to Student (wk9)

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Respond by Day 5 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. (use 2 APA references, be detailed in response)

Response to Jacquelyn,

The political strategy I would use, is the Strategy in Legislative Settings. With the Strategy in Legislative Settings, policy advocates can develop their own action system to get legislation enacted, or they can be part of a larger coalition or network (Jansson, 2018). It doesn’t matter who is leading the task (Jansson, 2018).

In the case of Susana, and her parents about her school truancy, they had agreed to be assess at the local mental health center. However, the judge on his own issued a verdict, to institutionalize Susana which was extreme for the offence. The social worker advocated for her to remain in the home, due to a ruling in 1970, that truancy is a dependent rather than a delinquent act, and dependents and delinquent youths cannot be housed together (Plummer, Makris, Brocksen, 2014, pp. 57-60).

Jansson (2018), “points out in Box 11.2 the reference steps advocates can undertake.” Testifying before a legislative committee (the sw requested a conference with the judge), also, lobbying specific legislators in person (pressed her boss on the issue and was denied & suspended). However, the parents (lead the task), filed an appeal with a higher court, which found the judge’s ruling unlawful, and Susana was able to stay with her parents (Jansson, 2018).


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.

Plummer, S.-B, Makris, S., Brocksen S. (Eds.). (2014). Social work case studies: Concentration

year. Baltimore, MD: Laureate International Universities Publishing. [Vital Source e-reader].

“Social Work Policy: and Adolescents. The Case of Susanna” (pp. 57–60)

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