Social Policy and Law are the study of social welfare, legislation, policy and their relationship to politics and society. The module identifies the factors that impact on welfare and justice and the role of the state in mediating, promoting or reducing these factors. This distance module is designed to provide an overview of the legal and policy context of social care and Social Work practice in England and Wales. It will also explore the relationship between the legal and policy frameworks, service provision and the empowerment of individual service users and carers. The module will critically examine key issues and make connections between legal concepts, procedures, current social policy and professional practice.