Child welfare is an issue of critical significance because of therole it plays in ensuring the safety of children. The services aredesigned in such a way that support is guaranteed for children whoneed care. Children have found themselves in situations where theyare abused and neglected. Because of the vulnerable nature ofchildren, any form of maltreatment has a detrimental effect on theiroverall welfare. Child welfare agencies have been introduced toprotect children against the problems they are likely to encounter(Pecora, Whittaker, Maluccio, & Barth, 2012).
Leadership perspectives are the ability to influence actions ofindividuals positively. It differs from advocacy perspectives invarious ways. Leadership perspective entails persuading others topursue a particular course. Advocacy perspective involves providingsupport to a group of people or individuals to help them expresstheir concerns. Secondly, leadership is about developing a sharedvision to be achieved by the rest of the team. Advocacy focuses onenhancing the ability of the particular individual or group of peopleto realize a vision that has been set. Finally, leadershipacknowledges the need to give direction toward the realization of agiven goal while actively supports measures toward the achievement ofthe objective that has been set (Rockhill, Furrer, & Duong,2015).
The highlighted differences have a significant impact on actions andpotential consequences on child welfare. Leadership would entailensuring that efforts directed toward the achievement of objectivesof bear fruits. Advocacy, on the other hand, wouldrequire enacting support structures to facilitate the realization ofgoals set by Child welfare services. The effects of such measureswould be ensuring that children are protected from any abuse andneglect (Shireman, 2015). For example, if child welfare servicesfocus on identifying children who have been neglected, it would bepossible to allocate them with much ease through proper leadershipand advocacy actions.
Pecora, P. J., Whittaker, J. K., Maluccio, A. N., & Barth, R. P.(2012). The child welfare challenge: Policy, practice, andresearch. AldineTransaction.
Rockhill, A., Furrer, C. J., & Duong, T. M. (2015). PeerMentoring in : A Motivational Framework. Childwelfare, 94(5), 125-144.
Shireman, J. F. (2015). Critical issues in child welfare.Columbia University Press.