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Sustainable Social Services for Wales update

25/09/14
The update provides a summary of ongoing work relevant to those working within social services, and to those who use social services in Wales.
 
Thinking About a Care Home?

Thinking about a care home?

25/09/14
A guide to what you need to know about finding the right care home.
 

Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action

25/09/14
Detailing the challenges facing social services during the next decade and lists our priorities for action.
 

Integrated assessment, planning and review arrangements for older people

11/08/14
Guidance for professionals in supporting the health, care and well-being of older people.
 

Care Council for Wales

08/07/14
This Welsh Government sponsored body is responsible for regulating the social care workforce in Wales.
 

National Social Services Conference 2014 - Deputy Minister's Speech

07/07/14
Deputy Minister for Social Services, Gwenda Thomas, spoke about the delivery and implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act
 

Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide (CRAG) April 2014

16/05/14
The single capital limit in the financial assessment for residential accommodation is increased to £24,000 from 7 April 2014.
 

The Children Act 1989 guidance and regulations Volume 1: Court orders

08/05/14
Outlining the arrangements that local authorities and their partners must follow in considering and preparing for childcare proceedings.
 
Reduce the risk of cot death

Reduce the risk of cot death

20/03/14
Research is continuing to help us understand more about cot death.
 

Policy Intent – Regulations and other subordinate legislation under the Social Services and Well-being Bill

30/01/14
This document explains Welsh Government policy in the areas where major regulations are to be made under the Bill.
 

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act – Factsheets

07/11/13
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act will create new arrangements for people in Wales who have care and support needs.
 

National Social Services Citizen Panel for Wales

12/09/13
We are looking for people of all ages for a two year period to provide an independent voice for service users, carers and citizens.
 

Guidance on the implementation of the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000

28/08/13
This guidance sets out the duties for local authorities in supporting their care leavers as outlined in the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000.
 

Nutrition in community settings

22/07/13
A resource pack for health and social care professionals, voluntary sector, care home staff, relatives and carers.
 

Consent in health care - information for children and young people age under 18 in Wales.

22/04/13
This leaflet is about their health care and the right to be involved in decisions about their health, health care or treatment.
 
Safeguarding of Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation

Safeguarding of Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation

22/01/13
Guidance to safeguard children and young people from being sexually exploited.
 

Welsh Government Response to the Children and Young People Committee Inquiry into Adoption

07/01/13
A detailed response to the 16 recommendations and detailed actions identified by the Committee.
 

Protecting children in Wales

21/12/12
From 1 January 2013, Child Practice Reviews (CPR) replace Serious Case Reviews in Wales.
 

Handling cross-border child protection cases: A 'key steps' guide for local authorities, health boards and NHS Trusts in Wales

29/11/12
Advice to help Local Authorities dealing with cross-border child protection cases under the 1996 Hague Convention.
 

Children and young people’s continuing care guidance

27/11/12
Guidance for Local Health Boards, Local Authorities and their partners who plan and provide children’s continuing care services.
 

Intercountry adoption guide

21/11/12
This guide is designed to assist local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies in their understanding of the law as it applies to intercountry adoption in Wales.
 

Junior Independent Saving Account scheme for looked after children

15/10/12
This circular introduces the scheme which comes into effect immediately.
 

Welsh Government Circular WGC 015/2012: Reconnecting to Care for former relevant children in Wales

03/10/12
Statutory guidance on local authority responsibilities towards former relevant young people.
 

Audit on the implementation of the National minimum maintenance allowance for foster carers in Wales

23/07/12
An analysis of the responses to the Welsh Government's audit.
 

Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide (CRAG) April 2012

10/07/12
The single capital limit in the financial assessment for residential accommodation is increased to £23,250 from 9 April 2012.
 

Best practice guidance - Breaks for carers of disabled children (Wales) Regulations 2012

06/07/12
The guidance has been produced to help local authorities understand their legal duties.
 
National Minimum Standards for Regulated Child Care

National minimum standards for regulated child care - March 2012

09/03/12
These standards determine whether childcare settings are providing adequate care for children under eight.
 

Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010

23/01/12
From 1 January 2012, the Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010 will come in to force.
 

National minimum maintenance allowances for foster carers 2011 - 2014

23/12/11
Local authorities and independent fostering providers are required to complete the questionnaire by no later than 6 January 2012.
 

Direct payments guidance

08/11/11
Providing details of payments made by local authorities to individuals for community care needs.
 

The Welsh safeguarding children forum

20/10/11
Making recommendations on strengthening safeguarding arrangements for children in Wales.
 

Grant Schemes for all-Wales Third sector organisations in the social care and health care sectors

31/08/11
A new Child and Families Organisation Grant Scheme (CFOG) for 2012-2014 has been announced.
 
The Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Strategic Action Plan for Wales

The Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Strategic Action Plan for Wales

10/08/11
The Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Strategic Action Plan for Wales will drive improvements across services for children, young people and adults in health, social services and education services.
 

Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide (CRAG) April 2011

03/08/11
The single capital limit in the financial assessment for residential accommodation is increased to £22,500 from 11 April 2011.
 

The Care Standards Act 2000 (Notification) (Wales) Regulations 2011 and Guidance

18/07/11
New measures introduced by amendments to the Care Standards Act 2000 increase the range of enforcement options available to the Care and Social Service Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).
 

Visits to Former Looked After Children in Detention (Wales) Regulations and Guidance 2011

18/07/11
Statutory guidance on local authority responsibilities towards former looked after children in custody.
 
Protecting Children Supporting Foster Carers – Dealing with Allegations against Foster Carers Protocol and Training Toolkit

Protecting Children Supporting Foster Carers – Dealing with Allegations against Foster Carers Protocol and Training Toolkit

27/06/11
It is essential that foster carers are properly supported should an allegation of abuse be made against them.
 

Charging for non- residential Social Services

15/06/11
New guidance for local authorities.
 

Consequences of Case Law Following the Court of Appeal Decision in Re A (A Child) [2009] EWCA 41

26/05/11
Welsh Government Guidance on the use of paragraph 19(1) in Schedule 2 to the Children Act 1989 in placing a child with relatives abroad prior to adoption.
 
Visits to Children in Long-term Residential Care Regulations 2011

Visits to Children in Long-term Residential Care Regulations 2011

12/05/11
Sections 17 to 19 of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 amend the Children Act 1989 to strengthen local authorities’ duties to ensure the welfare of children is safeguarded and promoted when they are placed in health, education or other establishments for consecutive periods of 3 months or mor ...
 

Delegated authority for foster carers

05/04/11
The National Assembly’s Children and Young People Committee’s Inquiry into the Placement of Children in Care included in their recommendations to the Welsh Assembly Government that approved foster carers should have more autonomy in relation to the everyday decisions about the children in their car ...
 

Practice Guidance on developing a commissioning strategy for people with a learning disability.

24/03/11
The Welsh Assembly Government has published guidance on commissioning services for adults with learning disabilities.
 

National minimum maintenance allowances for foster carers 2011 - 2014

24/02/11
The Welsh Assembly Government greatly values the contribution that foster carers make in caring for vulnerable children, and are committed to ensuring they are supported.
 

Statement on policy and practice for adults with a learning disability

26/01/11
The Welsh Assembly Government recognises the continuing need to seek to improve the lives of people with a learning disability.
 

The self-assessment checklist for monitoring services for people with learning disability and challenging behaviour

26/01/11
The checklist is a tool to establish what is in place and working well for people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour in local areas.
 

Learning disability strategy: section 7

26/01/11
The attached guidance sets out the service principles and services responses that authorities should adopt for adults and older people with learning disabilities.
 

Guidelines for developing and integrating community equipment services in Wales

18/01/11
The Welsh Assembly Government has provided support to help local partnerships make a success of this project.
 

Use of direct payments by local authorities and health organisations

12/01/11
In January 2006, the Welsh Assembly Government issued the attached statement on the use of direct payments.
 

Research into an allowance and fees framework for foster carers

14/10/10
The Welsh Assembly Government greatly values the contribution that foster carers make in caring for vulnerable children, and are committed to ensuring they are supported.
 

Welsh Assembly Government Response to the Child and Young People Committee Inquiry on : Arrangements for the Placement of Children into Care

13/07/10
Please see the Welsh Assembly Government’s response to the report and recommendations published by the National Assembly for Wales’ Children and Young People Committee on 21 May 2010 following its inquiry into the Arrangements for the Placement of Children into Care.
 

Being a Family: Parents with Learning Disabilities in Wales

02/07/10
This research was commissioned by the Vulnerable Children Branch of the Department for Health and Social Services at the Welsh Assembly Government.
 

Qualification of care staff in registered children’s homes in Wales

12/05/10
The Welsh Assembly Government undertook an audit of children’s homes in January and February 2010.
 

Ordinary Residence: Arrangements between the Secretary of Sate and the Welsh Ministers

11/05/10
This document provides clarity on resolving disputes over the ordinary residence status of an individual which involves one or more authority in England and one or more authority in Wales. This is where resolution of those disputes cannot be reached locally.
 

Charging for Residential Accommodation Guidance (CRAG) April 2010

29/04/10
The lower capital limit in the financial assessment for residential accommodation has been abolished from 12 April 2010.
 

Adoption Register Annual Report

08/04/10
The Adoption Register for England and Wales is a service for vulnerable children who need adoptive families.
 
My Life, My Way: A young person's guide to transition

My Life, My Way: A young person's guide to transition

05/03/10
If you make plans and start thinking about transition early it will be easier. This leaflet will help you find out what should happen, and when.
 

Private fostering

03/03/10
New legislation, standards and guidance have been introduced in Wales from 1 April 2006 to strengthen the requirements of the notification system first introduced by the Children Act 1989. Private foster carers and parents of children placed are required to notify the social services department in ...
 
From breakfast to bedtime: Helping you and your toddler through the day!

From breakfast to bedtime: Helping you and your toddler through the day!

25/02/10
All parents know the good times with their children; it may be just that today’s busy lifestyles make them harder to see.
 

The Independent Review of Determinations (Adoption and Fostering) Regulations Wales 2010 and The Fostering Services (Amendment) Wales Regulations 2010

24/02/10
This guidance alerts local authority and independent fostering providers, prospective and current foster carers to the Independent Review of Determinations (Adoption and Fostering) (Wales) Regulations 2010 and the Fostering Services Amendment) Wales Regulations 2010.
 

If this were my child: A councillor’s guide to being a good corporate parent to children in care and care leavers

04/08/09
This guidance is intended to remind elected members of their responsibility to act as good corporate parents to looked after children and care leavers.
 

Statutory Guidance on the Role and Accountabilities of the Director of Social Services

17/06/09
Following the consultation which took place between November 2008 and March 2009, the final Statutory Guidance on the Role and Accountabilities of the Director of Social Services is has now been issued.
 

Escalating Concerns With, and Closures of, Care Homes Providing Services for Adults

21/05/09
Statutory guidance to address the management of escalating concerns with, and closure of, care homes that provide services to adults, including nursing care.
 

Planning for Pandemic Influenza in Social Services

02/05/09
Guidance on pandemic flu planning for the social care sector
 

Guidelines for developing and integrating community equipment services in Wales

16/02/09
The Welsh Assembly Government has provided support to help local partnerships make a success of this project.
 

Moving Forward: Services to Deafblind People, Practice Guidance

11/12/08
This practice guidance has now been revised in light of the recent 12 week consultation that took place earlier this year.
 

Preparing and Assessing Prospective Adopters: Practice Guidance (July 2007)

07/08/07
This practice guidance is designed to assist practitioners as they assess prospective adopters, whether they intend to adopt a child from this country or from abroad.
 

CRB Guidance for Fostering Providers

20/07/07
This guidance, which is aimed at fostering providers, provides clarification on eligibility for disclosure checks. The guidance outlines the government's expectation of when these checks should be requested.
 

Towards a stable life and a brighter future: Regulations and guidance coming into force on 1 July 2007

06/07/07
The changes strengthen the placement, health, education and wellbeing of looked after children and young people, and amend the Responsible Commissioner arrangements.
 
Identifying & supporting people with autistic spectrum disorders within the Youth Justice System in Wrexham & Flintshire

Identifying and supporting people with autistic spectrum disorders within the Youth Justice System in Wrexham and Flintshire

23/04/07
A study identifying how the police and other agencies can increase their understanding of autistic spectrum disorders.
 

NAFWC11/07 - Fairer charging policies for home care and other non-residential Social Services – Revised guidance for Local Authorities

04/04/07
Providing advice to local authorities on changes to the guidance issued in July 2002.
 
Safeguarding Children: Working Together Under the Children Act 2004

Safeguarding Children: Working Together Under the Children Act 2004

28/02/07
This Guidance is aimed at Chief Officers and all managers and practitioners in those bodies named in section 28 and 31 of the Children Act 2004.
 

Access to information regulations and the Data Protection Act

08/09/06
It is likely that every application for disclosure of information under these regulations will be unique and practitioners in the field may need to exercise their discretion and seek advice from their legal services on a case by case basis.
 

The Access to Information (Postcommencement Adoptions) (Wales) Regulations 2005: Guidance (July 2006)

07/09/06
This guidance is designed to support the introduction of the Access to Information (Post-Commencement Adoptions) (Wales) Regulations 2005 under the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
 

NAFWC 16/02 Adoption Register Guide and Form

23/08/06
NAFWC 16/02 Adoption Register Guide and Form
 

Grants for All Wales Voluntary Organisations Operating in the Health and Social Care Sectors

20/07/06
The Schemes: These grant schemes operate under Section 64 of the Health Service Act 1968 and Section 28(b) of the National Health Service Act 1977. The purpose of the grant funding is to support the core activities of all Wales voluntary organisations in the health and social care sectors for : ...
 

Special Guardianship (Wales) Regulations 2005: Guidance

17/07/06
Local authorities will need to review their existing policies and practice in the light of the Regulations and this guidance and give the same priority to these responsibilities as to other statutory duties.
 

Twin track planning within care proceedings

14/07/06
This flow chart has been produced purely as an aide and is not a statement of law.
 

The Local Authority Adoption Service (Wales) Regulations 2006

28/06/06
These Regulations are made under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (“the 2002 Act”) and the Care Standards Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”) and apply to Welsh local authorities. They replace the Local Authority Adoption Service (Wales) Regulations 2005.
 

National Minimum Standards for Adoption Support Agencies

27/06/06
This document contains the national minimum standards (NMS) which will, following full implementation of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, be applicable to adoption support agencies (ASAs) and those who wish to be registered as ASAs in Wales.
 

Adoption Agencies (Wales) Regulations 2005: Guidance

26/06/06
The Adoption Agencies (Wales) Regulations are in eight parts and have six schedules. They set out the essential requirements for adoption agencies in preparing and arranging a child’s adoption.
 

Adoption Support Services (Local Authorities) (Wales) Regulations 2005

26/06/06
This guidance is designed to provide guidance on interpretation of The Adoption Support Services (Local Authorities)(Wales) Regulations 2005.
 

Children and Young People: The Social Services Complaints Procedure (Wales) Regulations 2005

11/04/06
Complaints to local authorities
 

Do you look after someone else’s child?

01/11/05
Children in foster care fall into two main groups: those looked after by the local authority; and those fostered privately.
 

Guidelines to assist Local Authorities and Health Boards to develop Local Telecare Strategies

01/10/05
October 2005
 

Important transitional guidance for adoption

01/10/05
Important transitional guidance for adoption
 

Practice Guidance on Assessing the Support Needs of Adoptive Families (Wales)

01/02/05
This is good practice guidance for frontline practitioners in Wales who are involved on a day to day basis in assessing the support needs of people affected by adoption.
 

Care Leavers Survey 2005: Overall Summary

12/01/05
The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 was implemented in Wales in 2001. In August 2002 Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (SSIW) undertook a thematic inspection of services for young people leaving care. A report of the Inspection was published in 2004.
 

Is someone else looking after your child?

11/01/05
If your child is in private fostering, you should read this leaflet. It will help you to ensure that your child is properly cared for.
 

Grants for All Wales Voluntary Organisations Operating in the Health and Social Care Sectors

01/10/04
The Schemes: These grant schemes operate under Section 64 of the Health Service Act 1968 and Section 28(b) of the National Health Service Act 1977. The purpose of the grant funding is to support the core activities of all Wales voluntary organisations in the health and social care sectors for : ...
 

Adoption Support Services Guidance Wales

01/08/04
Adoption Support Services
 

National Minimum Standards for Domiciliary Care Agencies in Wales

01/03/04
This document sets out the National Minimum Standards for domiciliary care agencies. They form the criteria by which the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales (“CSIW”) will determine whether the agency provides personal care to the required standard. The purpose of these minimum standards is to ens ...
 

National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Older People

01/03/04
This document sets out National Minimum Standards for Care Homes for Older People issued by the Welsh Assembly Government under section 23 of the Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA). These standards will be used by the Assembly’s Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales (CSIW) when determining whether these ...
 
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Strategic Framework: "Choice and Stability" - Developing a range of quality placements for looked after children and young people in Wales

10/02/04
The availability of a choice of quality placements close to children's home environments is essential to providing stability in their lives and better outcomes from care.
 

Independent Reviewing Officers Guidance Wales: Adoption and Children Act 2002 and The Review of Children’s Cases (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2004.

09/01/04
The Children First programme encouraged the development of the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) role in Local Authorities. The appointment of IROs was seen as one means by which care planning and decision-making could be improved leading to improved life chances for looked after children.
 

The Adoption Agencies (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2003

01/01/04
Date Published: 12/2003 Date Published To Internet: 01/2004
 

National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services

31/12/03
Together, the Fostering Service (Wales) Regulations 2003 and these standards form the basis of the new regulatory framework under the Care Standards Act 2000 (CSA) for the conduct of fostering services.
 

Learning, Earning and Living: A Multi-Agency conference focussing on achieving success for Care Leavers in Education and Employment

01/10/03
We know that looked after children often experience poor educational outcomes and that these outcomes impact negatively on their employment prospects and life chances.
 

Sexual health and Looked After Children

01/09/03
Six leaflets concerning sexual health and Looked After Children. They address issues including puberty, sex education and contraception.
 

Text of WOC 41/93: Ordinary Residence - Personal Social Services

25/06/03
Assists authorities to identify when an individual is ordinarily resident in their area for the purpose of providing personal social services and (when required) residential accommodation under the National Assistance Act 1948.
 

The Children (Leaving Care) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2002

16/07/02
These Regulations amend the Children (Leaving Care) Regulations 2001 ("the 2001 Regulations"). The 2001 Regulations make provision about support for children and young people aged 16 and over, who are, or have been, looked after by a local authority.
 

Assessing Children in Need and their Families: Practice Guidance

06/01/01
Understanding what is happening to a child when there are concerns that the child’s health and development are being impaired remains a core professional activity for those working with children and families.
 

Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families

06/01/01
A framework providing a way of analysing, understanding and recording what is happening to children and young people within their families and the community in which they live.