Situational Awareness In Social Work

Social workers who reach out to people and explore their environments will successfully acclimate to the population they serve and it’s challenging conditions. Naturally, this can be of mutual benefit to clients and providers alike. It can be the basis in which an augmentation in services occurs or when a change in policy is needed. When a deep understanding of an environment is developed, social services can be tailored to address the needs of the community. In order to produce a rounded illustration of clients and the deficits of a community, social workers cannot be complacent in practice. Situational awareness provides a keen mind in the field. “Environmental contexts can support development through the provision of resources or hinder …show more content…
goes beyond dissecting guestimates or reference points. Los Angeles has traditionally offered residents cultural anchor points that are spread out through out the county. One of these hubs featured in South Los Angeles, is Leimert Park. Founded in 1927, Leimert Park started out as a homogenous community exclusively for Caucasians. After white flight to the suburbs, there has been a fixture of predominantly black families in this neighborhood. Decades of growing discontent between residents and law enforcement culminated with the riots of 92’. The aftermath of civil unrest left low income communities in South Los Angeles, including Leimert Park with less resources and obvious disenfranchisement. “A variety of social mechanisms create neighborhood effects, providing constraints or opportunities - the type of services available in the neighborhood influence what a person can do” (Stern, 2015, p. …show more content…
Its easy to focus on the inconspicuous boardwalk, line with retail shops, marijuana dispensaries and liquor stores on Crenshaw Blvd. Many argue that Leimert Park offers more than meets the eye. Growing up in a cultural hub similar to Leimert Park, I would definitely consider living here. People work hard here and take a serious interest in how this neighborhood is shaped. Above all the deficits and lack resources, this community has a clear understanding of what it represents and the importance of solidarity amongst each other. The solidarity that has been the backbone through hard times, is ultimately Leimert Park’s greatest

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