Issue of Child Endangerment

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Recently the Department of Job and Family Services decided to implement a brand new policy regarding the issue of child endangerment. This strict new policy states that if one or more documented offenses should arise from domestic violence, child abuse, or drug/alcohol incidents the child will be taken out of the home. The child in question will be in custody for a period no shorter than six months or until the parent undergoes serious treatment and counselling. Also the parent will have to show the courts all documented evidence proving that the offender has sought treatment and is in recovery.
The Social Learning Theory that is being used as a basis for this new policy is centered on the view that people learn bad or aggressive behaviors by witnessing other people who act aggressively. While many social learning theorists understand that a person’s mental and physical characteristics can influence how violent they may be, it is believed that the environment they live in and what they witness or are subjected to in the home is a key factor behind their behavior. (Siegel, 2008). Social Theorist Albert Bandura stated, "Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.’’ (Bandura, 1977).
To understand the Social learning theory there are three core concepts to help better explain. First there is the idea that people learn through observation which is incidentally called observational learning or a...

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...y rules. All the negatives in the policy make it hard for me to see it affecting positive change towards these families.

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