Information and learning hub

Codes of Practice and Statutory Guidance

Codes of practice

Codes of practice provide guidance, backed by law, to help people and organisations work within the new framework created by an Act.

You can find links to the codes of practice issued under Section 145 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 below. Local authorities must act in accordance with the codes of practice and their requirements when exercising their social services functions.

Part 2 Code of Practice (General Functions) 

Part 3 Code of Practice (Assessing the Needs of Individuals) 

Part 4 Code of Practice (Meeting Needs) 

Part 4 and 5 Code of Practice (Charging and Financial Assessment)

A revision to the Part 4 and 5 Code of Practice (Charging and Financial Assessment) was laid before the National Assembly of Wales on 28 February 2017 and is due to come into force on 10 April 2017. You can read the revised code here.

Part 6 Code of Practice (Looked After and Accommodated Children)

Part 8 Code of Practice on the Role of the Director of Social Services (Social Services Functions)

Part 10 Code of Practice (Advocacy)

Part 11 Code of Practice (Miscellaneous and General)

Read the Minister's written statement announcing the issuing of the codes of practice above (except the Part 8 Code) on 18 December 2015.

Code of Practice on Measuring Social Services Performance

Read the Minister's written statement announcing the issuing of the Code of Practice on Measuring Social Services, as well as his written statement about the laying of the Code of Practice before the National Assembly in June 2015.

Appointed Day Orders

The Social Services Codes (Appointed Day) (Wales) Order 2016

This Order appoints 6 April 2016 as the day on which the codes of practice issued by the Welsh Ministers under Section 145 (1) of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 come into force.

The Social Services Code (Role of the Director of Social Services) (Appointed Day) (Wales) Order 2016

This Order appoints 6 April 2016 as the day on which the Part 8 Code of Practice on the Role of the Director of Social Services (Social Services Functions) comes into force.

Statutory Guidance

Statutory Guidance in relation to Part 7 of the Act has been issued:

Working Together to Safeguard People: Volume 1 – Introduction and Overview

Working Together to Safeguard People: Volume 2 – Child Practice Reviews

Working Together to Safeguard People: Volume 3 – Adult Practice Reviews

Working Together to Safeguard People: Volume 4 – Adult Protection and Support Orders

Welsh Government has produced a series of templates that can be used to support child and adult practice reviews. You can download them from the links below:

Child practice review – Recommendation to Chair

Child pratice review – Report

Child practice review – Summary timeline

Adult practice review  Recommendation to Chair

Adult practice review – Report

Adult practice review – Summary timeline

Statutory Guidance has been issued in relation to Part 9 of the Act. You can find links to the guidance here:

Part 9 Statutory Guidance (Partnership Arrangements)

Draft Statutory Guidance has been issued under section 169 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. This statutory guidance should be read alongside the Part 9 statutory guidance on partnership arrangements, and also relates to Part 2 Code of Paractice (General Functions), specifically Chapters 2 A and B.

Statutory guidance in relation to area plans under section 14A