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Tiffany is a young female that has been charged for prostitution. Being that she is underage, the state has decided to drop all charges for her. She is worried that if her pimp finds out, she is free of charges; he will suspect that she told him. The great thing about Tiffany’s case is that she has someone there to advocate for her. When developing proposals that address specific social problems, policy advocates need to use social science and other literature to understand better how they evolve or grow in specific populations. They need to know where these populations go for assistance with these problems or issues both within organized programs and from nontraditional agencies. (Jansson, B. S. (2018).

The values reflected in this problem are that Tiffany has an advocate that cares about what her next steps are going to be. He wants her to be protected from any harm, so he will arrange for her to get police protection. The good thing about Tiffany willingly wanting to get help from agencies to turn her life around.

Having a legal guardian present and also trying to figure out what will Tiffany’s next steps be. It is stated that she will have police protection, but what about John T? How will police know what he looks like?

Other problems that were not discussed were where Tiffany would go once she is released? Has the social worker contacted her guardian to make sure she has a safe place to stay? Since she is underage, she her parents should be attending these services. If not a parent, she should have a legal guardian present.

Resource

Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice. (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Series.

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Colleague 2

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The video  that I decided to this discussion on is that of the case about Tiffany, who was an exploited minor. The social worker was informing the client that she would not be charged  for prostitution due to a new policy against taking advantage of someone due to their age or lack there of . Exploiting a minor goes against the NASW Code of Ethics value of social justice.  One of the main focuses of a social worker is to fight against discrimination based on factors such as age . It  states that ,  Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people  ( Workers, N. A. (2008)).

What was omitted is the ramifications of of the individual who is exploiting the child. Also, how to ensure the safety and well-being of the minor.  Another aspect that was omitted was prevention methods so that we can stop this problem from occurring  (Jansson, B. S. (2018) ( pp.212)). Also, that was not mentioned was what caused her to go into prostitution in the first place. Furthermore , how can we ensure our clients the resources and opportunity to a successful and fulfilling future? Social capital theory identifies attributes of people that make it more likely that they will obtain education, move into well-paying jobs, and avoid serious mental health problems. These include growing up in families that have two parents, own their home, and live in safe neighborhoods. This theory predicts whether specific youth will drop out of high school, even though many youth defy these odds and do receive their degrees even when they possess relatively low levels of social capital (Wu et al. 2010) ( Jansson, B. S. (2018)(pp.207)),

References

Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice. (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Series.

Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013). Bradley (Episode 7 of 42) [Video file]. In Sessions. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Workers, N. A. (2008). NASW Code of Ethics (Guide to the Everyday Professional Conduct of Social Workers). Washington, DC: NASW.

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