The Care Council for Wales (Care Council) has been tasked to work with a range of partners to develop a national learning and development plan to support the full implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The overall aim of this Welsh Government-funded initiative is to ensure the workforce is supported and informed to deliver social services in accordance with Welsh law, and its interface with other relevant statutes, and to practice in-line with the principles of the Act.
The national statement of joint working explains the broad responsibilities of key national organisations in working together towards the commencement of the Act on 6 April 2016. The accompanying diagram illustrates some of the key delivery milestones.
Under the banner of Getting in on the Act, this Information and Learning Hub has been designed to be your one-stop-shop for the wide range of resources that are being produced as part of this initiative. The Hub includes training materials in different formats to help social care professionals implement the legislation in their day-to-day work.
The Hub is updated constantly with new information and learning materials. So please check regularly to see what’s new.
To find out about the resources currently available, you can download the Hub Prospectus. You can find out more about the resources you can expect to see and when they are due to be available on the Hub in our timeline infographic.
This Hub and its resources are an example of co-production at work, with a range of partners working with the Care Council to implement the project. A Strategic Advisory Group has been set up to advise on priorities, bring a range of stakeholder perspectives to the table and assist with implementing agreed project plans.
Most importantly, the group is there to ensure we work in strong partnership to develop a robust and effective training plan that meets the needs of a diverse workforce. The group meets regularly and includes representation from the Care Council for Wales; the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) Cymru; Care Forum Wales; Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW); Children in Wales; the Social Services Improvement Agency (SSIA) Cymru; Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA); Welsh Government; Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA); and the Welsh NHS Confederation.
An independent evaluation of the first year of the national training programme for the Act has been produced by ICF Consulting Services on behalf of the Care Council. The bilingual report looks at how training was delivered up until the end of March 2016 and the impact the programme has had on the knowledge and skills of staff in the social care, health and voluntary sectors.
The evaluation examines the readiness and confidence of the workforce to implement the Act; the quality of the learning materials and the training provided; how well the programme is being run; and its value for money.