Challenges of Policy Implementation

When a policy is launched its success is dependent on a variety of stakeholders. As the politics of decision makers executives staff clients and social workers begin to influence the implementation process their beliefs—and subsequent actions—determine the fate of the policy. Often a social worker must step out of the comfort of his or her social service world and may find himself or herself making difficult decisions about ethical issues and/or may find himself or herself involved in implementing policies that he or she feels is against his or her social work values. How does a social worker handle the intricacies and challenges of policy implementation on both a personal and professional level? In this Discussion you explore policy implementation and the challenges faced by social workers during policy implementation. Post your thoughts on whether social workers might try to undermine the implementation of specific policies. What ethical issues might they confront? Discuss how social workers can implement policies that they feel may be against their social work values. Discuss a specific policys impact that you would try to mitigate in the implementation phase. Provide an experience you have had with a policy you had difficulty implementing or a policy you are aware of that you would have serious qualms about implementing. Respond to a colleague by offering your thoughts on how multiple factors contribute to the failure of people to implement specific policies. In your opinion do you think frontline social workers are perceived as people who cause specific policies to not be implemented? colleague: Jaquay As a social worker there will be many policies that we may not be in agreeance with. In many cases many of these policies may go against the Code of Ethics. According to the NASW Code of Ethics(2017)” The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable oppressed and living in poverty.” As social workers it would not be easy to implement policies that go against our values. A policy I would try to mitigate would be the Fetal Heartbeat Bill. This policy makes it illegal to abort a child as soon as they are identified to have a heartbeat. I would try to mitigate this bill as I believe that women should have a choice and not be frowned upon if they decide they do not want their child. In many cases there are circumstances in which women and girls become pregnant and they are not able or willing to care for a child so I believe they should have a right to do what they believe is right for them. An issue with this also in the state of Georgia. If this is passed many women and girls will go on the child abuse registry if convicted. In my child welfare experience the policy I have found challenging to implement is surrounding the child abuse registry. As caseworkers when we substantiate a case the alleged maltreater has to be placed on the child abuse registry. I find this hard to implement because in many cases we have children under 18 that have sexually abused other children and they are placed there for their entire lifetime. I believe that as a minor that should not be an option. They should receive appropriate treatment and help for their issue before being listed as a child abuser is even an option. References The National Association of Social Work (NASW) Code of Ethics

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