Wale's social care services receives major overhaul
- 13 May
New social work reforms have been described as the most significant legal changes in Wales.
The Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 became law on the 1st of May and is the basis for an overhaul on the workings of adult and children's social care in the country.
The changes include the creation of a National Adoption Service, portable assessments which will follow individuals if they move between local authorities and a National Outcomes Framework which sets out what children and adults should expect from the services. The Act also gives carers rights equivalent to those they care for and introduces measures designed to increase the use of direct payments, reports Community Care.
The Act also includes measures that see extensive revisions to the regulations concerning looked-after children and rules designed to ensure people are assessed on their needs, rather than on what services are available locally. Local authorities will also need to provide or arrange preventative services whilst also promoting the provision of these services through social enterprises, co-operatives, user-led services and the voluntary sector.
Gwenda Thomas, deputy minister for social services, said: "The Act is a transformational and, I believe, a radical act. It is the most extensive and significant act to be passed by the National Assembly for Wales since devolution fifteen years ago. It will have a direct impact on the lives of many of our citizens, if not most of them. The Regulation and Inspection Bill will be the sibling of the first. It will reform our regulation and inspection regime in social care in Wales to reflect the new world we are creating. It will require a new focus on wellbeing in our system, and refocus the regulation of social care towards outcomes for people. It will establish a new Institute of Care and Support, building upon the good work of the Care Council for Wales but going further to create a strategic hub for improvement in the social care sector."
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
- 26 Aug
Adults with vulnerabilities in custody are not receiving appropriate support
A report commissioned by the Home Office has said that lack of awareness and a shortage of trained volunteers means police often go ahead without on present, reports the BBC.Home Secretary Theresa...
- 11 Aug
Chief inspector warns cuts are affecting adult social care
Andrea Sutcliffe has said that many carers ended up being "the sort of care worker you wouldn't want them to be", reports the BBC.Adult social care budgets have been cut by £4.6bn since 2010 - a 31%...
- 04 Jun
Social care services for adults struggling due to budget cuts
There is a £1.1.bn shortfall to councils in England warns the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, and freezing care provider fees to save money is no longer sustainable, reports the...
- 03 Jun
People with vulnerabilities left at risk by policy makers
‘Solutions from the Frontline’, published by a coalition of charities looks into the ideas and experiences of service users. It investigates how the new government along with national and local...
- 20 Apr
Social landlords in Wales hope to save the NHS £1.7m
The savings will come from housing 33 patients under the care of the Aneurin Bevan University health board, through a project called ‘In One Place.' This project places patients who have a mental...
- 17 Apr
New supported housing service for people needing care after hospital
The service will provide supported accommodation for people who no longer need specialist medical care, but who are no longer able to return home due to changes in their home care needs. It is hoped...
- 15 Apr
Proposal for an extension on the integration of health and social care in Staffordshire
Staffordshire County Council wishes to agree on a new deal which will help to improve integration between health and social care for its residents, reports ITV.The deal, if agreed, will extend the...
- 17 Mar
Older people and people with disabilities finding it hard to get state funded care
Social services leaders are warning that many people with disabilities or older people with care needs are facing the challenge of having to pay for their own support at the end of the next...
- 11 Nov
The number of people using food banks has risen by 1,468%
Latest figures by the Trussell Trust show that 913,138 adults and children have received three day's emergency food and support from its food banks over 103/14 which is an increase of 346,992 since...
- 30 Oct
Support for patients with vulnerabilities with eased pressure on hospitals
Teams of social workers and NHS staff will soon become available seven days a week under new care plans, reports the BBC.Ministers are predicting that pressures will ease on hospitals from April once...
Responding to the DWP Consultation: Housing Benefit Reform - Supported Housing "Found the seminar very informative and gave an interesting and full insight into current thinking about the consultation. Michael was a very engaging and knowledgeable presenter and encouraged interaction with the audience which led to further relevant points being shared with the room. I shall certinaly look out for future events!" M.E. - Care Housing Association