Legislation and Policy
Changes in legislation at a time when resources are scarce require a lot of planning and training as well as a change in culture. The introduction of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act (2014) and Regulation and Inspection (Wales) Act (2016) has brought about a shift away from over-reliance on the statutory services towards a more preventative approach.
It is about being more proactive in supporting communities to be more resilient, and for citizens to be more responsible and more in control of the information and services they require to meet their care and support needs. Local authorities and service providers need to get smarter about how they deliver services and what services they deliver.
As a result, we have developed an Assessment Toolkit to assist local authorities and their partners in correctly assessing their progress in implementing the Social Services and Well-being Act and putting the service user at the heart of service planning.
We also recently worked with a Regional Partnership Board to provide support to raise awareness and facilitate regional activities to deliver the requirements of the Social Care Wales Care at Home Strategy and the Regulation and Inspection Act 2016 across their region.