Social Policy

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According to Walsh. M (et al), (2000, pg 2), stated that “the key focus of social policy in the united kingdom is on social welfare provision. Social policy is essential concerned with the practice and study of state, or government, social welfare provision, and the healthcare and welfare systems.” This assignment will look at how social policy effectively utilises relevant historical perspectives taking in account the reform of services to the children and families from 1601 The Poor Laws. In particular it will discuss the impact of the changes made in legislations on children, families and the early year’s sector, which will include the green paper Every Child Matters. The assignment will also link to the current legislations in place…show more content…
These new Local Education Authorities (LEA’s) were given control to establish new secondary and technical schools as well as developing the existing system of elementary schools. By 1906 free school meals were provided. Margaret McMillan was the members of the schools board she introduced free school meals. McMillan argued that if the state insists on compulsory education, it must take responsibility for the proper nourishment of school children. In 1907 School Medical Service were set up like the school nurses. In the early nineties The Children Act 1908, also known as Children and Young Persons Act, was a piece of government legislation passed by the Liberal government, as part of the British Liberal Party's liberal reforms package. The Act was informally known as the Children's Charter. It established juvenile courts and introduced the registration of foster parents. Local authorities were also influence by keeping poor children out of the workhouse and protecting them from abuse. The act also prevented children working in dangerous trades and prevented them from purchasing cigarettes and entering pubs. It eventually led to many councils setting up social services. It also rose the minimum age for leaving age of 16, later raised to 18 with the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. In 1908 the British Parliament passed the Old
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