Hey, it's Census Day! Consider making part of
your macro social work practice, helping empower yourself and your
clients, by all filling it
out. It goes really fast. Here's the abstract of a paper about
Census data are used to determine how approximately $675
billion is allocated to states and localities through over 132
federal programs; provide demographic information on which voting
maps are drawn; apportion 435 congressional representatives; and
provide accurate data on which many human service and social
programs are designed, and grant funding is pursued. Social work
and human service leaders and managers should inform themselves of
the scope of the census and become engaged to ensure that all
people are counted.
Will this be on the social work licensing exam? Not likely. But
don't be surprised to see questions derived from this crucial part
Code Of Ethics:
Social Workers' Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader
6.01 Social Welfare
Social workers should promote the general welfare of society,
from local to global levels, and the development of people, their
communities, and their environments. Social workers should advocate
for living conditions conducive to the fulfillment of basic human
needs and should promote social, economic, political, and cultural
values and institutions that are compatible with the realization of
6.02 Public Participation
Social workers should facilitate informed participation by the
public in shaping social policies and institutions.
6.03 Public Emergencies
Social workers should provide appropriate professional services
in public emergencies to the greatest extent possible.
6.04 Social and Political Action
(a) Social workers should engage in social and political action
that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the
resources, employment, services, and opportunities they require to
meet their basic human needs and to develop fully. Social workers
should be aware of the impact of the political arena on practice
and should advocate for changes in policy and legislation to
improve social conditions in order to meet basic human needs and
promote social justice.
(b) Social workers should act to expand choice and opportunity
for all people, with special regard for vulnerable, disadvantaged,
oppressed, and exploited people and groups.
(c) Social workers should promote conditions that encourage
respect for cultural and social diversity within the United States
and globally. Social workers should promote policies and practices
that demonstrate respect for difference, support the expansion of
cultural knowledge and resources, advocate for programs and
institutions that demonstrate cultural competence, and promote
policies that safeguard the rights of and confirm equity and social
justice for all people.
(d) Social workers should act to prevent and eliminate
domination of, exploitation of, and discrimination against any
person, group, or class on the basis of race, ethnicity, national
origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion,
immigration status, or mental or physical ability.