Social Work and Advocacy

As social workers, we must understand the importance of social and political action, as it is imperative to advocate for policies that benefit and improve the well-being of our clients. In fact, the NASW’s Code of Ethics, has specific guidelines, regarding the social worker’s ethical responsibility to broader society and political action (section 6 in the Code of Ethics). When social workers are actively engaged in policy we bring knowledge of person-in-environment, use a strength’s based perspective and many other views unique to social workers that frame and direct policy advocacy in new ways elected officials may not have thought of.

Here are some links relating to social work and advocacy:

Meet a social worker involved in policy advocacy

Social workers taking political action

Social work policy resources

Local advocacy and coalitions

National interest groups and coalitions

Relevant and current policy

Federal Level

Advocacy issues relevant to social work, including policy solutions

State Level - Oklahoma Policy Institute, bill tracker

How to find and track Oklahoma bills:

  • Go to: http://oklegislature.gov/
  • Go to Legislation, choose Advanced Bill Search in dropdown box
  • You can search by a specific author or bill number, or browse bills by SUBJECT
  • You can sign up to track a specific bill using the LENS system
  • You can click a bill number to access:
  • History of the bill
  • Amendments made during the session
  • Bill Summaries
  • Versions
  • Votes
  • Co-Authors
  • Video

Written by MSW student Sarah McKemie

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