What you should do?
Contact the Complaints Officer on:
Alternatively complete the online form:
or send a completed Compliments and Complaints (PDF) form to:
Statutory Complaints Officer,
Social Services Department,
PO Box 1,
This is also available in easy-read format.
The people who may put forward a complaint
Any member of the public, including a child, who has received, or was entitled to receive, a service from Social Services may make a complaint. The same applies if they have suffered due to the inappropriate action of Social Services.
The Social Services Complaints Procedure (Wales) Regulations 2014 make provision for a representative to make a complaint on a person’s behalf. A representative may make a complaint on a person’s behalf where that person:
- is a child; or
- has requested the representative to act; or
- lacks capacity within the meaning of the Mental Capacity Act 2005; or
- has died.
Any representative making a complaint on a person’s behalf must be considered by Social Services to have sufficient interest in that person’s welfare and be a suitable person.
Timescales to resolve your complaint
Depending on the nature of the complaint we will aim to resolve your complaint within 24 hours. If this is not possible at stage 1 we will contact you informally within 10 working days of acknowledging your complaint to discuss a resolution.
If we cannot resolve your complaint at stage 1 we can escalate it to stage 2 where an Independent Investigator will be appointed to investigate your complaint and report what they find and make any recommendations. At stage 2 we aim to respond to you within 25 working days.
If your complaint is still not resolved you have the right to go to the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales at:
Public Services Ombudsman for Wales,
1 Old Field Road,