Social policy is a term used to describe areas of policy within a state or political setting as the welfare state. Social policy refers to guidelines and legislation that affect the living conditions in a society and the quality of life of a citizen. Social policy deals with social problems. Sociologists Auguste Comte and Charles Booth, contributed to hugely for the developmet of social policy. The Social Policy Department at the London School of Economics defines social policy as an interdisciplinary and applied subject concerned with the analysis of societies' responses to social need.
Social policy can be described as actions that affect the well-being of members of a society the distribution of and access to goods and resources in that society. Social Policy can be described as social policy or public policy in the areas of health care, criminal justice, inequality of condition, education, and labor. Social policy is an academic discipline focusing social need. Social policy was developed to complement to social work studies.
Social policy in the United States and Canada applies to policy on social issues such as racism, LGBT issues and the legal status of abortion, guns, euthanasia assisted suicide problems, drugs and also prostitution.