Social Policy

Social Policy

Use a critical reflective approach to the work context to examine social policy demonstrating an understanding of the historical and ideological developments of relevant UK social policies; identifying the underpinning principles and values.

This core module will examine the influence of legislation on working practice from a sociological, historical, political, ideological and economic perspective. The underpinning principles and values of provision of social care, community care and health will be explored with an emphasis on anti-oppressive practice within children and young people’s services.

The relationship of social policy to legislation and the impact on the lives of groups and individuals who are socially excluded from society will be examined, for example; those in poverty, unemployed, older, chronically ill and disabled, carers, those with learning difficulties or mental ill health. Concepts of organisation, community, family, ageing, race, gender, inequality, oppression and discrimination will be studied. 

3 main aspects of social policy that need to be focused on:
1. History- where did it start, how did it develop, what is modern (where it started, what was the 1st government measures to tackle the problem, middle level-what happened, how it grew, what we are now. Please include dates.
2. Ideology- market liberal or social democratic (politics-how different ideologies emerged and become prominent)
3. Principle and values-multicultural to British values, segregation to inclusion, equality, diversity, anti discrimination.

The social policies that the client has selected are:
1. families
2. poverty and health
3. education

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