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date: 07 October 2022

Citizen Participationlocked

Citizen Participationlocked

  • Martha Lucia GarciaMartha Lucia GarciaUC Program at Berkshire Farm Center
  •  and Yossi Korazim-KőrösyYossi Korazim-KőrösyZefat Academic College

Summary

Citizen participation (CP) is at the root of democracy and the aspiration that everyone has an equal opportunity and voice in governance. For social workers, guaranteeing CP is a vehicle through which a core value of the profession’s code of ethics may be fulfilled, that is, to “enhance client’s capacity and opportunity to change and address their own needs”.

A brief history of CP as well as the rationales for CP as a practice of social work are discussed. Regardless of the difficulties in achieving CP, it is a critical component to social work practice, that enable social workers to fulfill the ethical commitment of inclusion, social justice and equity. A framework or road map for social work practitioners embarking on a journey of ethical practice, is provided. While the focus is on practice examples in the United States, the democratic goals of inclusion and empowerment of marginalized and traditionally oppressed communities are global.

Subjects

  • Macro Practice
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

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