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Social Policy The name social policy is used to apply 1 to the policies which governments use for welfare and social protection 2 to the ways in which welfare is developed in a society and 3 to the academic study of the subject In the first sense social policy is particularly concerned with social services and the welfare state In the second broader sense it stands for a range of issues extending far beyond the actions of government - the means by which welfare is promoted and the social and economic conditions which shape the development of welfare Social Policy and Administration Social Policy and Administration is an academic subject concerned with the study of social services and the welfare state It developed in the early part of the 20th century as a complement to social work studies aimed at people who would be professionally involved in the administration of welfare In the course of the last forty years the range and breadth of the subject has developed The principal areas relate to h policy and administrative practice in social services including health administration social security education employment services community care and housing management h social problems including crime disability unemployment mental health learning disability and old age h issues relating to social disadvantage including race gender and poverty and h the range of collective social responses to these conditions Social Policy is a subject area not a discipline it borrows from other social science disciplines in order to develop study in the area The contributory disciplines include sociology social work psychology economics political science management history philosophy and law Welfare Welfare is an ambiguous term used in three main senses h Welfare commonly refers to well-being In welfare economics welfare is understood in terms of utility peoples well being or interests consist of the things they choose to have h Welfare also refers to the range of services which are provided to protect people
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