Cultural Competence In Social Work Case Study

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Define cultural competency in social work practice “Social workers should obtain education about and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical disability” (NASW Code of Ethics: 1.05 Cultural Competence and Social Diversity. As a social worker it is our responsibility to understand that we live in a country that is culturally diverse. I strongly believe that not one client, we come into contact with is the same; our clients are unique in every way. They come from various …show more content…
Children are constantly being placed in different homes and they rarely have any form of stability in their lives. Many children never learn to build bonds with others and often feel unwanted. It is very difficult to find placements for children, even more so to find placement for teens. As a result, some teens run away and get into trouble with law enforcement and follow the same cycle that their parents did. Many of these children feel as though they do not have a voice and as if they have no say in their own lives. Case managers usually have a tremendous caseload, are often underpaid and overworked. This alone can result in a child falling through the cracks and not getting the services he/she needs. Also, Hispanic/Latino and Black/African-American individuals have higher rates of incarceration as a result their children are placed in foster homes or with other relatives. Of course, there is such a disproportionate amount of injustice in this country and minorities will oftentimes find themselves with legal issues than those of higher socioeconomic status. A majority of the cases that have come in are due to substance misuse and domestic violence. Hispanic/Latino and Black/African-American families in South Florida tend to be of lower socioeconomic status this makes them more susceptible to drug use and to become victims of physical abuse. Women that are victims of domestic violence are usually in that relationship due to their own financial instability. People that are under the influence of substances often have other underlying issues that haven’t been resolved. These issues make these families at risk for being stigmatized and oppressed because of their actions and inability to get themselves out of those abusive

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