The Welsh Assembly has approved a law that reforms the way that care and support services are regulated and inspected in the country.
The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill aims to improve social care by making business owners that provide care accountable for any failings in care. It also gives Welsh Ministers the power to remove not just bad services but also bad providers.
Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said: “This new law means our regulation of social care will become a key driver of improvement in Wales. Ultimately, it will mean better social care in Wales. Where services don’t come up to scratch it will mean people will be able to see action being taken by regulators.
“I am particularly pleased that our social care system will now be judged firstly and foremost by what it does for people. This law will ensure that everyone will know how good services are and where improvements are needed.”
In addition, the new law will:
- Place new requirements on the social care sector to plan for the future
- Ensure citizens have new and accurate information about care in Wales
- Require regulators to work together for the wellbeing of people in Wales
- Pave the way for the transition to Social Care Wales – a new powerful leader for change
- Place regulation as a key driver to improve outcomes for people in Wales.