Getting in on the Act Bulletin – Issue 8




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In this issue:

New! Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016

Hub records quarter of a million page views

New! Co-production expert classes

New! Secure estate e-learning module

New! User-led co-operatives factsheets

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Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016

Welcome to the latest issue of the Getting in on the Act Bulletin. A new set of introduction and awareness resources around the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 is now available on the Hub.

The awareness-raising materials consist of a PowerPoint presentation, which provides an overview of the Act and what it means for the social care sector; four handouts on key parts of the Act, such as responsible individuals and the implications for local authorities and service providers; and a series of frequently asked questions on topics, such as workforce regulation, the regulation of social care providers and Social Care Wales.

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Hub’s quarter of a million page views

The Hub has recorded more than a quarter of a million page views since it was launched 16 months ago to support the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. Designed as a one-stop-shop for all the information and learning materials about the Act, it launched with just seven pages in May 2015 and is now home to some 500 individual resource items. The most popular pages to date have been the home page with more than 60,000 page views, the information page on the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act with almost 40,000 page views and the learning resources with more than 37,000 page views.

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New! Co-production expert classes

Interested in learning more about co-production? The Care Council and co-production consultants Ruth Dineen and Noreen Blanluet, the co-founders of Co-production Wales, are hosting four one-day expert classes on co-production in health and social care. The sessions, which are aimed at health and social care professionals in Wales, will look at the part co-production plays in public services and its key role under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014. The expert classes will take place on 16 November in Cardiff, 29 November in Carmarthen, 10 January in Llandudno and 13 January in Aberystwyth. For more information, visit the Hub’s Events page.

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Want to test your knowledge of assessing and meeting needs in the secure estate? A new bilingual e-learning module, which provides learners with a detailed overview of how the care and support needs of individuals in the secure estate should be assessed and met, is now available on the Care Council’s Learning Zone. The module is part of the fifth core module that explores how the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 affects people in the secure estate.

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New! Secure estate briefing paper

A new briefing document on resettlement for local authorities without a secure estate establishment in their area has been added to the Hub. The five-page briefing document considers the implications of Part 11 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 for those local authorities, not only in regards to children where the responsibility normally remains with the home local authority, but also in the planning and delivery of adult prisoner resettlement. The new briefing paper is available here.

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A series of five factsheets on user-led co-operatives and the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 has been published on the Hub. The factsheets, which were developed by Disability Wales and the Social Co-operation Forum, feature an overview of user-led co-operatives, a guide to user-led co-operatives under the Act, and information about how to set up your own co-operative. You can find the factsheets here.

The factsheets are the final set of learning materials developed by the Care Council in collaboration with the voluntary sector to be published on the Hub. The series of bilingual resources also explore advocacy, working with carers and working with deafblind people under the Act – you can find more information here.

APSO training for authorised officers

The first phase of training for authorised officers on Adult Protection and Support Orders (APSO) is taking place this month. Developed by Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) and IPC on behalf of the Care Council, the one-day training will take authorised officers through the process of applying for an APSO and is being delivered to two local authority authorised officers and one legal officer from each county in Wales.

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Sharing the Learning events

Would you like to find out more about the different learning materials now available on the Hub? The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 training group is running three half-day training events this autumn to familiarise workforce development leads in the social care sector with the wide range of resources on the Hub. The events are taking place in Cardiff on 11 November, Llandudno on 17 November and Port Talbot on 30 November. For more information, visit the Hub’s Events page.6c2c8a05-59b8-452b-a745-47aaa5ff252b.gif

Social Services Practitioners’ programme launched

The Care Council has commissioned The Open University, to work in partnership with it and local authorities, to deliver a two-year Social Services Practitioner programme pilot. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and its codes of practice highlight the need for those involved in assessments to have the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to do so – underpinned by an appropriate social care qualification.

The new pilot programme aims to meet this need, qualifying workers to deliver a range of support services from advice to managed care, under the supervision of a registered practitioner. Completion will see candidates achieve a Certificate in Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales) – a Level 4 qualification that will assure their competence in practice.

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Introduction and Awareness pack updated

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 Introduction and Awareness pack has been updated to reflect the codes of practice and statutory guidance. The pack is designed to give those who are affected by the Act an overview of the law and to provide a foundation for further in-depth and specialist training. It was the first in a suite of materials to be developed to support the implementation of the Act and aims to support training facilitators in delivering a short introductory awareness-raising workshop.

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Evaluation report published

An independent evaluation into the first year of the national training programme for the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, produced by ICF Consulting Services on behalf of the Care Council, is now available on the Hub. The bilingual report takes an in-depth look 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, independent and voluntary sectors.

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Citizens Advice report

Citizens Advice has published a report that aims to shape how the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 is put into practice, particularly in relation to Information, Advice and Assistance services, using examples of those who are receiving care and support, as well as those who are new to the social care system. Accessing and Paying for Social Care in Wales: A People’s Perspective also makes a series of recommendations about how the Act can help meet people’s care and support needs. To download the report, visit Citizens Advice.

Action on Elder Abuse conference

Do you work with older people? Action on Elder Abuse Cymru is holding its first national annual conference, Financially Safe and Secure? Protecting Older People from Financial Abuse, on 21 November in City Hall, Cardiff. The conference aims to share good practice and learning from across Wales and the UK. There will also be a number of workshops, including one on the role of advocacy and how the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 aims to safeguard older people from financial abuse. For more information, visit Action on Elder Abuse Cymru.

Co-operative workshops

Are you looking to set up co-operative care and support services? The Wales Co-operative Centre is running four free workshops this November for those planning co-operative care and support services. The workshops are taking place in Wrexham on 1 November, Newport on 2 November, Caernarfon on 8 November and Carmarthen on 10 November. For more information, visit the Events page of the Hub.

Hub Prospectus

Looking for an overview of all the learning materials that are available on the Hub? The Hub Prospectus provides an at-a-glance hyperlinked guide to all the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 resources to make it easy for you to find the materials you’re looking for. You can download the Prospectus here.

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Case studies

A series of case studies around assessments for adults, children and carers.

Updated safeguarding pack

6c2c8a05-59b8-452b-a745-47aaa5ff252b.gifThe All Wales Basic Safeguarding Awareness pack is being updated to bring it in line with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act film

A short animated film that provides an overview of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016.

Principles resource guide

An updated version of the principles resource guide.

Social enterprise resource guide

The guide to resources on social enterprises, co-operatives, user-led services and the third sector is being refreshed.


Find this bulletin useful? If so, please circulate it as widely as possible around your organisation. You’ll find this issue and previous editions on the Hub. We’d also love to hear from you if you have any news or are planning any events around the Act. Email us at hub