Law and Crime Essay
Review the following
A recent policy was
implemented by Anytown’s Department of Job and Family Services regarding the issue
of child endangerment. Any household that has one or more documented offense of
domestic violence, child abuse, or drug or alcohol related offenses committed
by the mother, father, guardian, and/or caregiver, will result in the removal
of any child or children from the home.
The child will be placed
in the care of the state, or foster care services, until documentation can
prove that the offender has undergone any or all of the following, and has thus
been “offense free” for a period of no less than 6 months: Alcohol and/or drug
treatment, counseling, family therapy sessions, mental health treatment, anger
management, life skills classes, and/or parenting classes.
The Department of Job and
Family Services made reference to the social learning theory as providing
support for this approach, as evidenced by research indicating that “aggressive
children have parents who use aggressive tactics when dealing with others. For
example, the children of wife batterers are more likely to use aggressive
tactics themselves than children in the general population, especially if the
victims (their mothers) suffer psychological distress from the abuse” (Siegel,
2015, p. 122).
In a minimum of 4
double-spaced pages (excluding the cover and references pages), write a critical
essay voicing your opinion about the following issues: original work and APA format
·Identify potential ethical/moral issues
that could arise from implementing this new policy. Based on the conclusions
you reach after taking all of this into account, share your opinion on whether
the policy is considered an ethical one, based on its potential ramifications.
·Consider the impact (be it positive or
negative) on those involved in the above situation, specifically as it pertains
to the overall welfare and well-being of the child. Describe the positive
and/or negative impact the policy could have on society in general, or on the
family unit. Be as objective as possible in examining the potential benefits of
such a policy, as well as the possible negative effects.
·Finally, did the Department of Job and
Family Services misinterpret or misapply the social learning theory when
planning and implementing the policy? Be sure to demonstrate how the social
learning theory either does or does not apply to this scenario.
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