Discussion: Developing Political Strategies- Week 9

In this week’s resources, you explore the stories of Susana and the Bradley family. They are all in situations that need social work intervention and advocacy. What political strategies would you use to enact policies developed to assist these individuals?

In this Discussion, you develop political strategies to address one aspect of the situation(s) and problem(s) facing Susana and members of the Bradley family.

To Prepare: Read and review Chapter 11 in your text. Read “Social Work Policy: Children and Adolescents” and “Social Policy and Advocacy: Violence Prevention”. View the Bradley Episode 7 in the media for this week.

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By Day 3

Post an explanation of the political strategies you would use to address one aspect of the situations/problems facing Susana and members of the Bradley family. Explain why you selected that strategy.

Bradley Family Episode 7

Bradley Family Episode 7 Program Transcript

MALE SPEAKER: I have some great news. They’ve dropped the charges against you. Tiffany, that’s wonderful!

TIFFANY: Yeah, it is. Why did they? Drop the charges, I mean.

MALE SPEAKER: The state just passed a new law that’s like New York’s Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act. That means that the courts here no longer see you as a criminal. They see you as a victim, just like we’ve been trying to tell them. Because you’re under age, they agree with us that you were forced against your will to do what you did.

TIFFANY: Prostitution.

MALE SPEAKER: Right. It means that the law understands that young people like you, girls, boys, you don’t deserve jail time or retention. You need help and services. So that’ll get you off the street.

OK. Before you were upset that they were treating you like a criminal. But they’re not anymore. You’re free. What’s wrong?


MALE SPEAKER: The man who used to be your pimp?

TIFFANY: I just found out that he got busted.


TIFFANY: He’s going to be suspicious that he got arrested the same time that I got let out. He’s going to think that I snitched on him, but I didn’t.

MALE SPEAKER: We should think about getting you some police protection. No sense taking any chances.

Bradley Family Episode 7 Additional Content Attribution

MUSIC: Music by Clean Cuts

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Bradley Family Episode 7

Original Art and Photography Provided By: Brian Kline and Nico Danks

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