Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act received Royal Assent on 1st May 2014 and came into force from April 2016. The Act provides the legal framework for improving the well-being of people who need care and support and carers who need support, and for transforming social services in Wales, giving effect to the policy stated in the White Paper Sustainable Social Services for Wales: A Framework for Action. The Act will transform the way social services are delivered through an approach that is focused on achieving the outcomes necessary to promote a person’s well-being - as an individual, as part of a family and as part of their community.

The Act is built upon four principal and interlinking themes:

  1. People – putting an individual and their needs at the centre of their care, and giving them a voice in, and greater control over, reaching the personal outcomes that help them achieve well-being
  2. Well-being – supporting people to achieve their own well-being and measuring the success of this support
  3. Earlier intervention – promoting the use of preventative approaches within the community to address people’s needs before they become critical
  4. Collaboration – stronger partnership working across all organisations better support people in achieving positive outcomes


  1. Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act - A link to the Act as passed

  2. What matters to you - matters to us - A film about the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act and what will be different as a result

  3. What matters to you - matters to us - Short version

  4. Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act Information and Learning Hub - An information and learning hub that provides information and training resources to help social care professionals implement the Act. Under the banner of ‘Getting in on the Act’, the Hub has been developed by the Care Council and partners. It is part of an initiative to develop a national learning and development plan to support the full implementation of the Act. The hub provides an on-line ‘one-stop-shop’ where a number of resources in different formats can be accessed

Link: Factsheet - The relationship bewteen the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

For more information contact: Stewart Blythe


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