Objectives for the topic
Know ways in which social policy may affect families
Understand different Sociological perspectives on social policy
Analyse and assess perspectives, policies and there impact on the family
What is social Policy?
Social Policies are the plans and actions of the government in relation to
issues such as health, education, employment, crime and family life.
Can you think of any examples?
Have you all downloaded the BBC news app?
These actions can have a profound impact on the family and its members
Social policies are socially constructed
What do you think governments and countries base their policies on?
A comparative view of policy –
In small groups…
Use the ipads to find information on the following:
Soviet Union Family Policy
Nazi Family Policy
China’s one child policy
Some starting points…
You can also use the textbooks
You now need to share your research
with the group…
…Complete your summary sheet in the handout
What would the impact of the policies be on the family and its members?
UK Family Policy
How is the UK different?
With a partner discuss and record all the ways in which the government
intervene in family life
Can you identify any specific policies that the government have put into
place which directly affect family life?
Family policy is heavily influenced by which government is in power at the
time and therefore you must be current! Start by watching the news and
reading the ‘families and education’ section on the BBC News APP!!
Sociological perspectives and
The New Right
Use the textbooks to read about and make notes on your given topic
Now move around and ‘teach’ each group your perspective.
The government and policy today
Produce a timeline which identifies particular governments/primeministers
and the policies they introduced in the last 15 years
Now record how the policies reflect the governments political Ideologies
and Sociological perspectives
-Tax Credits (working and family)
-Sure Start Centres
-Free childcare for 3 yr olds (15 hours)
-Removal of EMA replaced with bursary for poorest students
-Child benefit means tested for 16-19
-Shared Maternity leave (Lib Dem)
-Replacement of multiple benefits with a universal system (currently being rolled out)
-Free school meals for all pupils in KS1 (Lib Dem)
-Increased tuition fees to up to 9k