A landmark Welsh law that introduces the biggest transformation
of Social Services in Wales for over 60 years was granted Royal
Assent on 1 May 2014 by Her Majesty the Queen.
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014
will provide a Welsh legal framework for social services. According
to Welsh Government, "It will transform the way social services are
delivered, promoting people's independence to give them a stronger
voice and more control. It will also encourage a renewed focus on
prevention and early intervention." It is hoped that integration
and simplification of the law will also provide greater consistency
and clarity to:
- people who use social services
- their carers
- local authority staff and their partner organisations
- the courts and the judiciary.
The Act will promote equality, improve the quality of
services and enhance access to the provision of information people
receive. It will also encourage a renewed focus on prevention
and early intervention.
Deputy Minister for Social Services Gwenda Thomas has also
announced that a new Bill to reform the regulation and inspection
regime in social care in Wales will be introduced before the
National Assembly in February 2015. The new Regulation and
Inspection Bill will refocus the regulation of social care towards
outcomes for people.
Both laws are a part of a wider strategic change set out by the
Deputy Minister three and a half years ago in Sustainable Social Services: A Framework for
Find out more about the Social Services and Well-being
(Wales) Act on the National Assembly for Wales website.