Social Work and Sociology
Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work
Social work is different from other helping professions in that its mission and ethical standards require members to not only serve persons in need, but to support their empowerment and work for the amelioration of harmful social conditions and inequities through advocacy. Social work advocacy has taken many historic and contemporary forms, reflecting the broad spectrum of social work practice and related knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes. Given increasing diversity and complexity in the world today and the continuing need to advance human rights, as well as social, economic, and environment justice, ongoing commitment and attention to social work advocacy is needed, especially as it pertains to social work education, practice, and operational approaches.
Bessel, D. & Carman, E. (2023). “Advocacy.” In Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work, ed. by T. Mizrahi & D. Bailey. Oxford University Press.