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Major overhaul of Welsh social services becomes law

Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 gets Royal Assent, regulation and inspection reforms to follow

Social work reforms described as the most significant legal change in Wales since devolution have become law.

The Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 became law on 1 May and lays the basis for an overhaul of how adult and children’s social services operate in the country.

Changes include the creation of a National Adoption Service, portable assessments that follow individuals when they move between local authorities and a National Outcomes Framework that sets out what children and adults can expect from social services.

The Act also gives carers rights equivalent to those they care for and introduces measures designed to increase the use of direct payments.

The Welsh Government also plans to introduce a “sibling” bill to the Welsh Assembly before February 2015 that will reform the way social services are inspected and regulated in Wales.

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