An Advocate Or Change Agent

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a. As an advocate or change agent, what factors do you need to consider when weighing differing perspectives about how discrimination and oppression occur in order to make a choice? As an advocate or change agent there are many factors that need to be considered when weighing differing perspective about how discrimination and oppression occur in order to make a choice. To begin, an advocate must be aware and have the knowledge needed to identify the ways that discrimination and oppression negatively impacts individuals that are being discriminated against. Also, consideration must also be given to how agencies and societal institutions interact with individuals that experience discrimination. Similarly, the advocate needs to be aware of any differences in the way the community responds to oppressed populations compared to populations that are not oppressed. Additionally, the advocate must be knowledgeable about the positions of influence within the communities that the advocate is working in. Equally important, the advocate must take into consideration that all individuals have the general right to self-determination at all times no matter what the possible outcome of their choice is. As well as the advocate needing to be aware of the principles and guidelines of macro-level advocacy. The principles of macro-level advocacy include working to increase accessibility of social services to clients, promoting service delivery that does not detract from the dignity of the groups that are served, and advocates should work to ensure equal access to all individuals that are eligible (Kirst-Ashman & Hall, Jr., 2015). Knowledge of the guidelines of macro-level advocacy assists the advocate with making decisions to advocate for reasonably ac... ... middle of paper ... ... a group of individuals living in a housing complex that is unsanitary and does not meet the building codes due to their financial status and the building commission not perusing action of the building owner. The NASW Code of Ethics provides guidance of social welfare which states, “Social workers are expected to act to benefit the general welfare of society at all levels. This includes pushing for living conditions that promote meeting people’s basic needs and pursing social and economic justice for all. This advocacy may be directed at societal institutions as well as at the values, laws, and practices of society” (Kirst-Ashman & Hall, Jr., 2015, p. 423).The advocate could allow the Code of Ethics to guide them to looking into laws that possibly need to be enforced or changed to help improve the living conditions of the individuals living in unsanitary conditions.
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