Orgaisation will ensure social care is high standard
A new organisation for social care in Wales has come into existence today.
Social Care Wales is a Welsh Government-sponsored body, responsible for making sure the social care workforce in Wales works to the highest possible standard and supporting them to deliver evidence-based practice.
It brings together the Care Council for Wales and the Social Services Improvement Agency, combining their functions for regulating, supporting and developing the workforce, and using data and research to improve practice and service delivery.
Social Care Wales aims to raise the quality of care and support in Wales, so that people's lives can be improved. Its main functions are to:
- Set standards for the care and support workforce, making them accountable for their practice
- Support the early years and social care workforce so they have the knowledge and skills to protect and support those who need help
- Work with others to improve services for areas agreed as a national priority
- Set priorities for research to get evidence of what works well
- Share good practice
- Provide information about care and support.
The organisation has agreed three strategic improvement priorities with Welsh Government and the social care sector, which will need to be addressed immediately. They are:
- Care and support at home
- Supporting people with dementia
- Children who are looked after by the local authority.
Sue Evans, Chief Executive of Social Care Wales, said: "This is an exciting time for social care in Wales with the coming into being of Social Care Wales. We're a new voice for the social care sector and our aim is to improve the quality of care and support in Wales, so that people can always rely on it.
"We know there is excellent social care practice happening across Wales, but it is patchy and to improve it we will need to work closely with the sector to respond to the challenges ahead. We're looking forward to working with the sector and our partners to ensure that social care in Wales is the best it can be."
Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, said: "Social Care Wales will be a dynamic and powerful body. It will take on new responsibilities for leading improvement across our social care sector, as well as retaining existing responsibilities for regulating and developing the workforce.
"I look forward to working with the organisation as it ensures we have a high-quality social care workforce that provides services fully meeting the needs of people in Wales."