Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014
The Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 received Royal Assent and became law on the 1 May 2014. It provides the legal framework for improving the wellbeing of people who need care and support, and carers who need support, and for transforming social services in Wales. For more information on the Act itself please see the Welsh Government website.
The Act was implemented from April 2016.
A range of codes of practice and statutory guidance has been consulted on and issued to support the delivery of the Act. These documents are available from the Welsh Government website at http://gov.wales/topics/health/socialcare/act/code-of-practice/?lang=en As part of this, the Minister for Health and Social Services, as part of this, wrote a letter on 20 December 2015, which is available here.
Whilst much of the work up to January 2016 focused on preparing the Statutory Sector for their duties under the Act, the impact and this work is ongoing.
At C3SC we are involved in a number of meetings to identify the possible impacts and possibilities that the implementation of the Act will enable. Regular updates will be posted on this part of our website with events, briefings from meetings and related news.
News and other info
- Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Integrated Health & Social Care Partnership and Care to Co-operate’s SOCIAL ENTERPRISE EVENT - Wednesday 22 March 2017.
- Download the Preventative Services Briefing Report 2016.
- Implementation of Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 - read the FAQs (2016) here.
- Here are the 'Core requirements of the Information, Advice and Assistance Service'.
- Read the Social Services Core Brief - May 2016.
- Here is the Cardiff overview diagram of the assessment outcomes.
The updated awareness pack on the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 is now available: http://www.ccwales.org.uk/learning-resources-1/overview-and-awareness/
- Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act, Social Enterprises, Co-operatives and the Third Sector - Resource Guide.
- The Care Council for Wales Information and Learning Hub for the SS&WB (Wales) Act 2014 has a Frequently Asked Questions section that is updated on a regular basis: http://www.ccwales.org.uk/faqs/
Eligibility criteria: Information on the 8 levels of the eligibility criteria under the Act were discussed at the June 2016 Cardiff Health and Social Care Network. A copy of the document provided for that meeting is available here.
- Following the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 in April, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has produced a bilingual guide to help older people understand their rights under the new Act.The guide is available on the OPCW website: http://www.olderpeoplewales.com/en/Publications/pub-story/16-05-27/Getting_the_help_you_need_from_Social_Services_A_guide_to_the_Social_Services_and_Well-being_Wales_Act_2014.aspx#.V0gY4vkrLcu
There are also a number of printed copies available for distribution, which you can request from the Older People's Commissioner for Wales.
- The Social Services Improvement Agency have been working with the Welsh Local Government Association, Public Health Wales and partners to develop a Population Assessment Toolkit as part of support for the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act. Find out more about the toolkit here.
- Listen to a webinar on the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014.
A SS&WB Act learning resource has been developed for the direct care and support workforce. The resource includes a reflective interactive workbook which includes a range of examples through case studies, film and audio clips, further reading links and learning activities. This resource can be used on an individual or group basis.
- Toolkit to assist organisations with Dewis Cymru
A toolkit of ‘How to…’ guides is being developed for Dewis Cymru, to provide you with information about how to register and upload onto the Dewis Cymru portal. The first three documents are now available, these cover:
- How to register to receive the Dewis Cymru newsletter
- How to register with Dewis Cymru so you can add your own resources
- How to add your resource to Dewis Cymru
- Download the presentation slides and papers from the 'Preparing for the Implementation of the Social Service and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014' event that took place on 12th February.
- Dewis Cymru is coming to Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
- You can read an introduction to Dewis Cymru here (please scroll down to the relevant section) and the Dewis Cymru presentation slides are also on our website.