Social workers and policy- practice: The role of social and professional values

Idit Weiss-Gal*, John Gal

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Although policy practice is regarded as an essential component of social work, the actual involvement of social workers in policy practice is apparently very limited. This article presents the findings of a study that seeks to explore the role of social and professional values in support by social workers in Israel for engagement in policy practice and their actual involvement in this type of practice. The findings indicate that socioeconomic orientations and professional values have an impact on social worker's perception of policy practice and the degree to which they are actually involved in the social welfare policy process. In particular, it was found that attitudes toward social justice played a major role in the social worker's perceptions of, and involvement in, policy practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-27
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 14 Aug 2008


  • Policy practice
  • Social justice
  • Social welfare policy
  • Social workers
  • Values


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