From April, you will have more say in your social services.
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act came into force on 6 April. It is the new law for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support.
The Act changes the way people’s needs are assessed and the way services are delivered – people will have more of a say in the care and support they receive.
It also promotes a range of help available within the community to reduce the need for formal, planned support.
Services will be available to provide the right support at the right time
- More information and advice will be available
- Assessment will be simpler and proportionate
- Carers will have an equal right to be assessed for support
- There will be stronger powers to keep people safe from abuse and neglect. On 6 April 2016, the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act came into force. It means that for the first time, there is separate social care legislation for Wales.
- The new law aims to improve the well-being of people (children, adults and older people) who need personal care and support, and for carers who need support. This new law will directly affect families with disabled children in Wales.
The Act imposes a duty on councils in Wales to assess the needs of carers who are providing or intending to provide care for a disabled child.
The Act removes the requirement in the previous legislation that carers should be providing a ‘substantial amount of care on a regular basis’ to have an assessment. This means families will be entitled to an assessment of needs as a carer regardless of level of need, the amount of care provided, whether or not the child cared for has had an assessment and even if the child has been considered ineligible for support. The Act also confirms there will be no upper or lower aged limit to being recognised as a carer.
Children with care needs
The Act will also affect the assessment and care process for children with disabilities and additional needs.
Under the Act, all children in need are eligible for a social care assessment, and importantly the Act states that there is a presumption that disabled children have needs for such care and support.
The needs assessment takes into account the outcomes the child would like to achieve and the outcomes their parents would like them to achieve, and determines whether care and support services can contribute to meeting these outcomes. The assessment will consider the child’s circumstances, capabilities, any barriers to meeting their outcomes and any risks if they are not met.
Councils can combine a children’s assessment and a carer’s assessment if it is beneficial to do so.
Further information: http://gov.wales/topics/health/socialcare/act/