Politics and policy are interrelated, as the ability to effect a broad social change is often through the halls of government. Many key policies you studied in this course and use in practice are the result of a long political journey. Social work and politics may seem to exist in different worlds, but one can inform the other in beneficial ways. In this Discussion, you examine the purpose of social work on the journey from social to change to political change.
Review this week’s Learning Resources and reflect on the relationship between social work values and ethics with the policy process.
Consider contemporary news stories about policy related to social welfare and reflect on what role social workers could play.
Post a response to the following:

Explain the role social workers can play in the political realm of policy making.
To what degree does a particular policy approach or approaches align well with social work values and ethics?


Required Readings
Popple, P. R., & Leighninger, L. (2019). The policy-based profession: An introduction to social welfare policy analysis for social workers (7th ed.). Pearson Education.

Chapter 12, “Politics and Social Welfare Policy” (pp. 268–284)
National Association of Social Workers. (2021). Code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers Links to an external site..

Walden University Library. (n.d.) Social welfare policy: Search tips Links to an external site..

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