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The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act is a new law that will gives people more of a say in the care and support they receive.

To support people to achieve well-being, they will make decisions about their care in partnership with professionals. To help them to do so, people will have easy access to information and advice about what is available in their area.

Carers will have an equal right to be assessed for support, to those that they care for, and more people will be entitled to Direct Payments.

A new assessment process for care and support will be based on what matters to people as individuals. It will consider people’s personal strengths and the support available to them from your family, friends and others in the community.

The assessment will be simpler and can be carried out by one person on behalf of a range of organizations.

There will be more services to prevent problems getting worse, so the right help is available when people need it.

Stronger powers to keep people safe from abuse or neglect will also be introduced.

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act came into force in April 2016. Individuals will take part in the new process at their next scheduled assessment date.

For more information, please visit: Gov.Wales – The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act

The fundamental principles of the Act are:

Voice and control – putting the individual and their needs, at the centre of their care, and giving them a voice in, and control over reaching the outcomes that help them achieve well-being.

Prevention and early intervention – increasing preventative services within the community to minimise the escalation of critical need.

Well-being – supporting people to achieve their own well-being and measuring the success of care and support.

Co-production – encouraging individuals to become more involved in the design and delivery of services.

You can find links to all the key primary legislation relating to social care in Wales on the Care Council for Wales website.