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Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014
This is the first in a series of blogs on some of the Safeguarding headlines from across Wales. The aim of these blogs is to provide an overview on:
- New and upcoming Safeguarding policies
- New Safeguarding initiatives
- Useful resources and good practice
- Advice and guidance to support professionals working with children and young people in education and community settings.
This first short blog aims to raise awareness to one of the biggest changes to policy in recent years.
A little bit about the Act:
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 forms the basis for a new statutory framework for social care in Wales. Ministers made it clear they wished the core elements of this framework to be in place by April 2016, when the Act was implemented.
Key changes are that the principle of social services is based on the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support. This focus on well-being, and greater voice and control for service users and carers, sets the foundations for improvement across the sector.
For a 3 minute overview of the Act, watch the video below. Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services gives some information about the Acts implications: https://youtu.be/qc6i5K95qXw
Want more information?
Resources to support the implementation of the Social Services & Well-being
(Wales) Act 2014 are held on the Information and Learning Hub of the Care
Council for Wales website and are regularly updated.
These currently include:
- “What Matters to You, Matters to Us” – a short animated film about the Act that can be used with the workforce and the public;
- “Getting in on the Act” awareness training materials
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