• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Social Problems and social policy - Your 'solution' will be presented in a report which you are trying to convince the government that they should adopt your proposal.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Social Problems and Social Policy Assignment 2 Samantha Arthington Imagine that you are a member of a leading policy think tank who has been asked by the Government to propose policy solutions to a specific social problem facing the UK. Your 'solution' will be presented in a report which you are trying to convince the government that they should adopt your proposal. The specific social problem that I have chosen to look at is truancy. Truancy is a problem all over the UK and applies to the whole community, not just within schools. Many possible solutions have been endeavoured by the Government for many years, yet truancy is still an ongoing problem throughout the UK. Studies show that truancy has a high correlation with problems within work later on in life. Low attendance in jobs and losing jobs is in correlation with truants, and at a higher rate than that of high attenders at school. It is clear that the knowledge learnt in school is essential for all children and must be compulsory. Also, studies see a high correlation with truants and day time crimes. Education is essential to keeping crime rates down with young juveniles to adults. Low education creates criminals and so there must be new truancy laws put into action immediately. ...read more.

Middle

It is vital that the child receives the appropriate treatment. I think that individual rewards that have been designated to truants would work better than an overall class reward. This stops children being in competition with each other and gives specific encouragement to those who are struggling to achieve attendance. So, previously agreed awards will persuade and support improvements in attendance. Another solution would be to add some kind of support into the national curriculum which helps children to understand their problems by talking to their peers and to be able to receive help they need. Perhaps classes in psychology and sociology teaching children how to deal with social situations such as school and with the encouragement from their peers to stay in school this may make regular truants actually enjoy school. It is important that the curriculum suits the children's needs and often a regular truant's needs are not being fulfilled. One generality between truants is family problems. This can be quite varied. It can be that the parents do not encourage their child enough, although expect a miraculous perfection on the child's behalf, or it can be a weak relationship between the child and the parents. Another possibility is that it is a power struggle between the parents and the child (Weinburger et al 1973). ...read more.

Conclusion

If this solution was put into place by the Government there would instantly be a vast improvement in attendance. The solution of awards decided beforehand and agreed upon with pupils of low attendance would make a large improvement. It would provide pupils with an incentive to go to school, an incentive that the school and the curriculum does not provide already. A reward could consist of many things, whether it be a trip or an item or something academic such as less homework. Making the experience of education less stressful and more appealing can encourage children to not only go to school but also to be successful. Overall, to keep children in school, the children must feel they have no other option. The help must be provided within the school grounds if possible. If the children feel that by leaving school they will get into trouble, and always get caught then the incentive to leave school will be reduced and so will be the UK's statistics on truancy. Monitoring is another simple solution that can be put into place allowing quick action and prevention. Also, allowing the parents to take more responsibility, not just the school. But truancy is the responsibility of everyone, included society and within individual neighbourhoods. This is why truancy is a social problem. All the solutions illustrated can be easily put into place, and whilst some are more expensive than others, the expense is much less than that of a society with an uneducated future. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Child Development section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Child Development essays

  1. Describe how political ideology influences social policy and suggest how this may affect families ...

    'Blairism' or new labour political ideology was based on a language of individual responsibility and opportunity, where a residual and selective model of welfare was retained. New Labour welfare reforms were centred on a political ideology that saw the provision of welfare in terms of a social contract between the

  2. What are the essential qualities of a good Montessori teacher, and why are these ...

    - Absorbent, Chap 27, The teacher's preparation, page 255. Act as if the child does not exist According to Dr. Montessori, the best approach for this stage is: "as soon as concentration has begun, act as if the child does not exist."

  1. Why family structures are changing.

    an application as a youth worker to help start a youth club which Mary can go to. A detailed and critical evaluation of the effects of the support given on each family Family A Family A have used a number of services from each sector, from the NHS they include

  2. Health, Social Care and Early years provisions.

    This programme will also include risk assessment. * Assisting residents to maintain fulfilment in their daily live will be taken care by the staff. Activities will be offered to residents to maintain personal and social skills. * Encouragement will be aimed at friends, relatives and visitors to enter into social activities and any comments will be welcomed and if fitting acted on.

  1. Health and Social care

    the patients they have on their list for that day (patients are usually shared out between the doctors). * The doctor would then pick up the patient notes for the first few patients. This is required so that the doctor can enter relevant information into the patient record.

  2. Definition & Causes - Cerebral Palsy.

    Acetylcholine, a chemical messenger, helps brain cells communicate and trigger muscle contraction. Anticholinergic drugs include Trihexyphenidyl, Benztropine, and Procyclidine hydrochloride. (NIH) Surgery Surgery is often recommended when contractures are severe enough to cause movement problems. Finding problem muscles that need correction can be a difficult task.

  1. Child A has varied needs and I have planned as shown in the assignment ...

    (Burnham, 2002, p. 37). Carol Dweck believed motivation is an important part of learning; she identified two main kinds of motivation to learning: * Performance * Learning Orientation Learning Orientation � A belief that effort leads to success � A belief in one's ability to improve and learn and a

  2. Child development study - I will compare my visits and look at Aroushs development ...

    Before going to the shops, I saw Aroush being dressed by her mum. I noticed that Aroush was helping to get herself dressed and she even put on her sock by herself, but her mum positioned it for her. According to http://www.babycenter.com/0_toddler-milestone-self-care_6503.bc a child between the ages of 13 months

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work