Welsh Government publish new consultation on the implementation of The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care

Welsh Government are seeking your views on phase 2 of implementation of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016.

The act establishes a new system of regulation and inspection which upholds the rights of Welsh citizens to dignified, safe and appropriate care and support.

Welsh Government are consulting on improvements to the regulation of social care that will create a new, stronger regulation and inspection regime which will improve oversight of the whole service an organisation provides.

They are also seeking your views on draft statutory guidance developed under section 29 of the act which provides further detail about compliance with the requirements set out in the regulations.

Deadline for responses to the consultation is 25 July 2017.

Information events are being held in:

  • Cardiff on 21 June, and
  • Wrexham on 13 July.

To attend contact RISCAct2016@wales.gsi.gov.uk by Friday 2 June. Spaces are limited and subject to availability.

Announcing the consultation, Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, said: "It is my intention that the regulations in this phase, alongside those service regulations consulted on in phase 1, will be laid before the National Assembly by the end of this year, to come into force in April 2018.  The phase 3 regulations will then be consulted upon in the spring and summer of 2018 and laid by the end of the year, in order to come into force from April 2019. This will complete the statutory framework around service regulation.

"The Act as a whole is expected to be implemented from April 2019. My officials are working closely with the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales and the wider sector to do their part in preparing for the transition to the new system established by the 2016 Act and their important new role in this."

The consultation can be downloaded from the Welsh Government website. There is currently not an easy read version available.