Identify a Policy and Evaluate Its Impacts on Your Practice, Reflecting on the Effect the Policy Has on Outcomes for Children and Young People.

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‘Identify a policy and evaluate its impact on your practice, reflecting on the effect the policy has on outcomes for children and young people’

This essay will consider the policy of Inclusion, from a national and localised perspective, providing an appropriate understanding of policy and legislation, giving clear guidance of its evolution and relevance to practice. On researching policy and legislation through the decades there will be analysis of the way political and philosophical principles underpin contemporary social policy in our society, drawing on theory and practice to illustrate how social policy affects professional practice and outcomes for all children. There will be a critique of social policy initiatives that will
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Inevitably it was decided that a child should be selected for special education when recommended by a doctor. This is still apparent to the present day a child has to have a doctor’s report to have a statement of special educational needs (Messer and Meldrum 1995).
It is vital to understand the historical development of SEN and disability if we are to fully comprehend the continuous development of inclusion as a contemporary policy. It is important to identify that structures are not created without people therefore we need to understand how that structure first came about, by looking beyond this and considering the power behind the development.
In the early 1900’s along with adjustments due to world wars, and the fight for woman’s rights came the development of psychology as a science. During this time theorists such as Freud and other psychoanalysts changed the views of society with their influence on how mental defectiveness in children was viewed (Thomas and O’Hanlon 2007). Following on from the Idiots Act (1886) the introduction of the Stanford Binet tests and special schools were introduced. Burt (1909) driven by the continued development of psychology supported the tests which provided a measurement of intelligence which then brought out the need for a school medical service where the ‘mentally defective’ children were placed (Thomas and O’Hanlon…

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