Cultural Influences of Social Policy
Cultural considerations might affect child welfare policy because cultures discipline their children in different ways. In the Hernandez family, they discipline their children like their parents disciplined them. However; many people in America might see this as abuse. This will allow for a social worker to step in the make sure that the children are not being mistreated or harmed. This is why social workers need to familiarize themselves with the cultural aspects of each family before making assumptions. “Social workers continually strive to increase their professioanl knowledge and skills and to apply them in practice”, (NASW 2008).The responsibilities of a social worker in the Hernandez family when it comes to addressing their child welfare needs through the accessibility of services is to explain to them the issues that they and be supportive to any questions or concerns that they may have. Let the family know that a social worker is there to work out their issues and not to punish them in anyway. They can do this by applying the child protection approach to situations that affect clients from different cultures. “The child protection approach involved providing personal services to families with the goal of preventing the recurrence of maltreatment: seeking out the causes of abuse, neglect exploitation, and delinquency; and preventing maltreatment through environmental reforms”, (Popple & Leighninger 2015).
Popple, P.R., & Leighninger, L. (2015), The policy-based profession: An introduction to social welfare policy analysis for social workers. (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
National Association of Social Workers. (2008). Code of ethics of the National Assocation of Social Workers. Retrieved from http://www.naswdc.org/pubs/code.code.asp
Colleague 2: Jesse
Cultural considerations effect child welfare policies because different cultures raise their children in different ways from the way they educate their children to the way they discipline their children. As social workers this is a major reason cultural competence is so important. To be a useful resource to our clients’ we need to be able to understand the traditions of other cultures our clients could be members of.
In the Hernandez case study they disciplined their children the way they were disciplined in their native culture. Their practice of disciplining could have been deemed as abusive. This is when a social worker needs to step in and talk to the parents and children as see if there is a cultural difference or if it truly is abuse. As social workers we need to continually strive to increase our knowledge and skills to use within our practice (NASW, 2008). The responsibilities of the social worker in the Hernandez’s family case would be to support the family by stepping them through the process and helping them access services such as counseling. Individual counseling would be beneficial for this case because you would be able to speak one on one with each family member and uncover the root of the problems. This way you could help every member of the family by identifying what services could be of assistance.
National Association of Social Workers. (2008). Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Retrieved from: https://www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp