This Act will change the regulation and inspection of social care in Wales. It will place service quality and improvement at the heart of regulation, strengthen protection for those who need it, and ensure services deliver high-quality care and support.
This Act supports the aims of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 which enshrines the rights of people using care and support services into law.
What are the changes?
- How we register and inspect services will change
- There will be a focus on securing improvement in the quality of care and support
- There will be changes to the regulation of the social care work force; In 2017, Care Council for Wales became Social Care Wales
We will be required to work and collaborate closely with Social Care Wales to drive the continuous improvement of services.
Help for providers
The Institute of Public Care (on behalf of Social Care Wales, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales and Welsh Government) have produced a range of learning resources for providers to give you an overview about the Act and how it will affect you. Visit the Information and Learning Hub (External link) to find out more.
You can read the frequently asked questions about the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 here. (External link)
Why do we need to change?
The need for change reflects a greater emphasis on well-being and human rights of people using care and support services.
We have always reflected the needs of people in our work, but the new legislation allows us to go one step further – our inspections will focus even more on how services make sure people’s well-being needs are met.
We will also have increased powers to ensure we can take swifter, stronger action when we need to. The Act increases duties and responsibilities for everyone providing care and support and we are responding to these challenges to make sure we are all prepared for these changes.
When will this happen?
The new system of service regulation and inspection will come into force in April 2018 and will be fully implemented and operational by April 2019.
We are starting work now to get ready for these changes and are working closely with Welsh Government as it develops regulations that underpin the Act.