The social problem/issue

The social problem/issue

  • Identify a social problem/issue you would like to address.
  • Describe the context—historical and/or contemporary—of society’s perception and approach to this social problem/issue.
  • What current research (including facts and statistics) supports the need to address the social problem/issue?

The policy

  • Identify a specific policy that addresses the selected social problem/issue.
  • Describe the historical context of the policy.
    • Briefly provide enough detail about the social, economic, and political circumstances that inspired action.
    • Include reputable references/resources to support current updates, implementation, and/or changes related to the policy.

The population and programs

  • Identify the population served by the policy.
  • What qualifies a client for inclusion in the policy?
  • What successful or widely accepted programs have come out of the policy?

In practice

  • What role(s) do social workers play in the success of the program?
  • Does the policy work in practice as intended? Why or why not?
  • Does the policy achieve its goals?

Social change

  • Does the policy contribute to social justice? How? If not, explain how or why it does not contribute to social justice.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement in the policy.
  • Explain how you would go about improving the policy.


  • You must reference a minimum of eight scholarly references, which may include electronic government documents and reputable websites.
  • Your reference list should appear on a separate page, and it is not included in the 5- to 8-page requirement.