information on the consultation relating to workforce aspects with Phase 2 of the implementation of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016.

Dear colleague

Today the Welsh Government published a consultation relating to workforce aspects with 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 of social care that upholds the rights of Welsh citizens to dignified, safe and appropriate care and support.

We are consulting on proposals that support recruitment, retention and working practices in the domiciliary care sector, in order to help it deliver the best possible quality of care.

The draft regulations:

· require providers of domiciliary support services to distinguish between travel time and care time

· provide domiciliary care staff with an alternative to zero-hours contracts

The consultation also seek views on:

· opening the register of social care workers to those employed in regulated domiciliary support services from 2018

· how we may address current challenges in the recruitment and retention of trained social care managers.

We are holding information events:

· Cardiff – 21 June 2017

· Wrexham – 13 July 2017

To attend contact RISCAct2016 by 19 June (Cardiff event) or 30 June (Wrexham event). Spaces are limited and subject to availability.

The consultation is available at:

https://consultations.gov.wales/consultations/phase-2-implementation-regulation-and-inspection-social-care-wales-act-2016-workforce

The Minister for Social Services and Public Health has issued a written statement which is available at:

http://gov.wales/about/cabinet/cabinetstatements/2017/riscaworkforceconsultation/?lang=en

The consultation closes on Monday 7 August. We look forward to hearing your views.

Please cascade this email within your organisations and networks.

Thanks and regards,

Social Services and Integration Directorate

Welsh Government

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