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Home Resident Social Care and Wellbeing Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

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The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act came into force on 6 April 2016.
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The Act provides the legal framework for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and Carers who need support, and for transforming social services in Wales.

Read the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act.

You can also read the content of the Act by using the easy read version and young person’s summary.

The essentials document provides an overview of the Act and its wider legal framework.

You can also find information about the regulations and codes of practice and statutory guidance that support the Act.

The principles of the Act are:

Voice and control

Putting you and your needs, at the centre of your care, and giving you a voice in, and control over reaching the outcomes that help you achieve well-being.

Prevention and early intervention

Increasing preventative services within the community to help you earlier, and reduce the need for services in the future.


Supporting you to achieve your own well-being, and measuring the success of any care and support provided to you.


Encouraging you to be as involved as you want to be in the design and delivery of services provided to you.

What matters to you, matters to us

This short animated film looks at the Act and how it will affect you. It was developed by the Social Services Improvement Agency alongside the Care Council and other partners.

The 'New Vision' under the Act

This is a film by the New Economics Foundation, which deals with the experiences of people using services. It explains the Act’s vision of greater voice and control for you.

Carers Assessments

This film explains how Carers have an equal right to be assessed for support, to enable them to carry out their caring role.


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