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Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act

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The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act is the law for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support.
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The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act received Royal Assent on 18 January 2016.

Why we need the act

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 changed the foundation of the social care sector. The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act is the next step in making social services in Wales sustainable.

What is the purpose of the act?

The Act builds on the success of regulation in Wales and reflects the changing world of social care. It places service quality and improvement at the heart of the regulatory regime and strengthens protection for those who need it. Regulation will move beyond compliance with minimum standards, and focus more on the quality of services and the impact which they have on people receiving them.

What the Act provides

  • establishes a regulatory regime which is consistent with the changes which are being delivered by the Social Services and Well-being Act 2014
  • contributes to more effective public services by creating a regulatory regime which enables and empowers both citizens and service professionals
  • provides a robust and meaningful response to the clear lessons which have been learnt from the exposure of failures in the system - most recently the Flynn Review
  • renames the Care Council for Wales as Social Care Wales with a broadened remit by April 2017

For more information and to view the Act, please see the National Assembly for Wales website (external link)

Statutory guidance 

New service requirements for providers and responsible individuals of regulated services will come into force on 2 April 2018.   

From this date Regulations and this statutory guidance will apply to the following services: 

  • care home 
  • secure accommodation 
  • residential family centre       
  • domiciliary support.