Unit 7 Social Policy




Unit 7:
Social Policy

Unit code:
M/601/1590

QCF level:
4


Credit value:
15






Aim

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to investigate the origins of social policies and their impact on health and social care services.

Unit abstract

This unit covers the many factors that influence social policy, including historical, conceptual, political, regional, national and other agents of social change. Learners will explore their effect on social policy. It will be possible to encompass a variety of health and social care sectors in the delivery of this unit.

Analysis of social policy will enable learners to evaluate sufficiency and deficiency in provision. Tracing developments from 1945 to the present, learners will compare and contrast major competing perspectives and examine key contemporary issues for policy makers, welfare recipients, providers and stakeholders.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1     Understand the significant historical and contemporary landmarks in social welfare provision

2       Understand the origins of social policies

3       Understand the impact of social policies on users of health and social care services

4       Be able to carry out an investigation into recent developments in health and social care policy.






















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Unit content



1      Understand the significant historical and contemporary landmarks in social welfare provision

Social policy: definition of; distinguishing social policy from organisational policy

World War II and its effects on provision and attitudes to welfare: Beveridge and Bevan and the inception of the welfare state; the range of social policy eg income maintenance, employment and benefits, health, housing, social services, education

Post-war: ‘consensus’ and differences eg the influence of Butler, Gaitskell; ending of consensus; The New Right and Thatcherism; ‘New Labour’ and social inclusion; devolution; personalised services


2      Understand the origins of social policies

Ideology: universalism; individual liberty/laissez-faire; ideological issues, eg poverty, eligibility, means testing and targeting, family and community values

The roles of institutions: Parliament; the European Union; local government; devolved government; government agencies; other relevant roles eg political parties, committees, enquiries

Influences on policy: movements and pressure groups; campaigns; the media; users of services; administrators

3      Understand the impact of social policies on users of health and social care services

How impact can be measured: methods eg service user feedback, research, statistics, organisational policy responses, practice experience; difficulties in measuring impact

Broader strategies: behind individual and organisational roles; how policy is implemented; how and why ‘problems’ are defined in certain ways

The impact of policy on specific groups: positive and negative impacts on eg older people, children, people with disabilities, youth offenders; successful policy implementation (barriers to, characteristics of)


4      Be able to carry out an investigation into recent developments in health and social care policy

National models and ‘the living laboratory’: England; Northern Ireland; Scotland; Wales

Current initiatives: as relevant to learner and home country eg gender, ethnic issues, poverty and social security, health and health services, community care, disability, crime and criminal justice










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Learning outcomes and assessment criteria


Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria for pass


On successful completion of
The learner can:


this unit a learner will:










LO1 Understand the significant

1.1
outline significant historical and contemporary


historical and contemporary


landmarks in social policy


landmarks in social welfare

1.2
explain how the changes in ideological approach since


provision





1945 have impacted on contemporary social policies













LO2 Understand the origins of

2.1
analyse the processes involved in the development of a


social policies


key Act of Parliament




2.2
evaluate different influences on the development of





social policy, including ideologies







LO3 Understand the impact of

3.1
analyse how social policy is implemented by


social policies on users of


organisations and practitioners


health and social care

3.2
explain how the impact of social policy on users of


services





health and social care services can be measured









3.3
evaluate the impact of a specific policy on users of the





relevant health and social care service







LO4 Be able to carry out an

4.1
evaluate a recent development in health and social care


investigation into recent


policy


developments in health and

4.2
analyse the differences in formation and adaption of


social care policy.





social policy initiatives from other national perspectives.












































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Guidance



Links

This unit has links with, for example:

       Unit 8: The Sociological Context of Health and Social Care

       Unit 11: The Role of Public Health in Health and Social Care

       Unit 19: Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care.

This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care. See Annexe B for mapping.

This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Leadership and Management for Care Services. See Annexe C for mapping.

Essential requirements

There are no essential requirements for this unit.


Employer engagement and vocational contexts

The vocational experiences of learners are invaluable in providing case material, particularly with support from employers or placement supervisors.

Observation visits could be useful, for example to the National Assembly for Wales.



























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