The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 became Law on 1st May 2014 and implemented from 6th April 2016 and is intended to transform the way social services are delivered.

The Act repeals the majority of previous community care legislation and is a new law that will affect:

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Carers
  • Health and social care professionals

The new law will introduce a new service providing information, advice and assistance (IAA). This will enable people to access the right help at the right time to meet their individual situation. To support you to achieve well-being, you will make decisions about your care in partnership with professionals. To help you to do so, you will have easy access to information and advice about what is available in your area.

Carers, including young carers, are defined as people who provide or intend to provide care for an adult or a disabled child. Carers are now legally entitled to a carer’s assessment regardless of the amount or type of care you provide, your financial means or the level of support you may need.

A new assessment process for care and support will be based on what matters to you as an individual. It will consider your personal strengths and the support available to you from your family, friends and others in the community. 

More information about the New Act can be found at http://www.ccwales.org.uk/learning-resources-1/carers-and-the-act/

Last Updated: February 27, 2017
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