For this week’s assignment I was asked to explain legislative tasks and the overall role of the judiciary system in public policy making, in regards to child and family protection and permanency. I will touch base with how the laws influence the organization’s decision making and day to day operations as well as what the role the court system has played in shaping the policies that affect mothers and their children that need the assistance of the state to be safe.
The first thing that we will look at is the three branches of the court system, and the tasks of the legislative branch of the court system. In order to understand the question I had to first look at the terminology, and the hierarchy of the systems in order to understand what was being asked of me. Branches:
1.Legislative Branch- This branch is made up primarily of members of congress, and the senate; their job is to propose and enact laws for the nation. 2.Executive Branch- This branch of the judicial system is to put the proposed laws into action through various departments of the government. 3.Judiciary Branch- This branch adjudicates, and makes judgments about what is right or wrong according to the laws. They also check and balance the executive branch of the judicial system. Now that we have looked at the different branches, we will look into what the main question was, which is; what are the tasks of the legislative branch in regards to human services and their role in child and family protection. According to Social Policy and Social Programs: A Method for the Practical Public Policy Analyst, Fourth Edition, by Donald E. Chambers and Kenneth R.Wedel, there are eight tasks of the legislative branch, and they are as follows:
1.Define issues clearly and get unanimous support on what the issue is and what it has to do with helping others. It is imperative for the legislative branch to back up an organization such as human services, because they are basically to go to of the court system when it comes to laws and protecting citizens.
2.To develop papers to that will outline the issue at hand so experts can be asked for advice if necessary.
3.Create solutions for the social issues that are at hand, public policy conflicts, and programs that are designed to help issues from the human services field.
4.To organize the support system that will back up the policy programs.
5.To convince legislature process is to convince legislator to sign onto a bill, or to make it a real issue. 6.Organize appearances before the executive branch for passing of the bill, or proposed issue. 7.To lobby legislatures other than those that introduced the bill in the first place, and than vote on the bill for passing the bill. 8.The last step is to Lobby for the funds to assist with the proposed issue, or bill.
So in regards to all of this applying to child protection and family stability I believe that an issue that could arise in this field where the legislatorial laws apply would be when a mother and child are abused and they look to the human services field to protect them and help them get out of the situation in which they are in danger. I think that the laws could be a hindrance as well as a benefit for those that are in need of assistance.
An example of a hindrance would be that the abuser pays no attention to a protection order and seriously injures the victims due to the law stating that the only thing that can be done is to contact the officials after the act has been completed. A benefit of the protection laws for abused victims would be that if the protection order is violated that the abuser is locked up behind walls for violating the protection order.
I believe that this is an example of social policy in regards to child protection and permanency within the legislative system. Although there are many laws and bills that are there to help, I do believe that some of them can be a hindrance when it comes to helping those that are in need. I am hoping by the end of this course I will be able to know what laws are there to help us in aiding the needy, and keeping those individuals safe.
Social Policy and Social Programs: A Method for the Practical Public Policy Analyst, Fourth Edition, by Donald E. Chambers and Kenneth R.Wedel