Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a cornerstone of the social work profession. Social work professionals strive to ensure that children grow into healthy, well-developed adults. They also develop, implement, and evaluate policy initiatives regarding child welfare. Such initiatives should aim to not only reduce child abuse and neglect, but also provide support for children’s development and resources that will enhance their well-being. As a social worker, to what extent do you understand the existing policies addressing child abuse and neglect? In addition, how prepared are you to propose new policy initiatives in this regard?
For this Discussion, review the resources, including the NASW’s policy statement on child abuse and neglect on the NASW website. Pick one of the NASW positions and consider a policy initiative you would introduce to further that initiative. Be sure to think about the policies that already exist in your state and how this initiative might alter existing policies.
By Day 3
Post a brief description of the position you selected from the NASW policy statement on child abuse and neglect. Then, describe a policy initiative you might introduce to further that position. Finally, describe the policies that already exist in your state and explain how your initiative might alter these existing policies.
Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.
By Day 5
Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts.
Respond to at least two colleagueswho selected a different position from the one you selected by suggesting how the policy initiative can be achieved. Be sure to identify any challenges or obstacles you see in passing and implementing the initiative.
Support your response with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.
Return to this Discussion to read the responses to your initial post. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you have gained as a result of the comments your colleagues made.
The position I have selected is the involvement of communities including extended family members, kinship networks and, neighborhoods in support of a suitable, consistent, secure, and safe environment for children as well as caregivers that live in the community (NASW, 2009). The policy focuses on having the community residents to take responsibility for not only their own children but also for other children living in the community.
The policy initiative improving this policy position is through organizing a child safety fair for the community that includes all information about child safety, neglect, abuse and all other safety concerns for children. Within the healthcare that I work in, we often organize health fairs whereby nurses and other medical professionals learn about new clinical practices, renew certifications, and other necessary healthcare-related information. As such, it would be feasible….Please click the Paypal icon below to purchase full solution for only $5