Policy Identification




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According to the Council on Social Work Education, Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice:
Social workers understand that human rights and social justice, as well as social welfare and services, are
mediated by policy and its implementation at the federal, state, and local levels. Social workers understand the
history and current structures of social policies and services, the role of policy in service delivery, and the role
of practice in policy development. Social workers understand their role in policy development and
implementation within their practice settings at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels and they actively engage in
policy practice to effect change within those settings. Social workers recognize and understand the historical,
social, cultural, economic, organizational, environmental, and global influences that affect social policy. They
are also knowledgeable about policy formulation, analysis, implementation, and evaluation. Social workers:
Identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access
to social services;
Assess how social welfare and economic policies impact the delivery of and access to social services;
Apply critical thinking to analyze, formulate, and advocate for policies that advance human rights and social,
economic, and environmental justice.
ASSIGNMENT: is intended to help students demonstrate the behavioral components of this competency in
their field of education.
To prepare: Working with your field instructor, identify, evaluate, and discuss policies established by the local,
state, and federal government (within the last five years) that affect the day-to-day operations of the field
placement agency.
THE ASSIGNMENT (1-2 pages):
Describe the policies and their impact on the field agency.
Propose specific recommendations regarding how you, as a social work intern, and the agency can advocate
for policies pertaining to advancing social justice for the agency and the clients it serves. PLEASE NOTE I AM



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