Social workers' policy practice in non-profit human service organisations in Israel

Ateret Gewirtz-Meydan, Idit Weiss-Gal*, John Gal

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The study's aim is to expand knowledge on the level of involvement in policy-related interventions ('policy practice', PP) among social workers employed by non-profit human service organisations (NPHSOs) in Israel, and on the motivational and facilitating factors associated with this. The sample consisted of 106 social workers employed in NPHSOs that include social advocacy as one of their goals. Findings revealed a relatively low level of involvement in PP. Level of involvement was associated with political efficacy, political interest, activity in political and professional organisations, civic and professional skills, and organisational support for PP. The strongest predictors were PP skills and organisational support. The study's conclusion is that an understanding of involvement in PP must take into account both the degree to which an organisational context facilitates this type of practice and the individual factors that motivate PP involvement. As such, consolidation of PP among social workers should address both facilitating and motivational issues.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1890-1908
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
Volume46
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2016

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© The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Human service organisations
  • Policy practice
  • Political efficacy
  • Political interest
  • Social workers

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