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Priorities for social services in Wales: legislation, integration and local government reform

Event Type: One Day Event
Location: Central Cardiff
Dates: 12 December 2017
Conference Website: http://www.policyforumforwales.co.uk/conference/social-services-Wales-17/27994
Contact Email: info@forumsupport.co.uk

This seminar will examine the priorities for social services in Wales. It comes as the Welsh Government prepares to introduce a Local Government Bill next year to improve the integration between local authorities and deliver social services at a regional level, following its consultation on the local government White Paper.

It will be an opportunity to consider the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act, including the effectiveness of regional partnership boards and the challenges involved with the introduction of pooled budgets for health and social care.

Delegates will also discuss the initial impacts of the first stage of the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care Act which reformed workforce regulation and registration arrangements and established Social Care Wales. There will also be consideration of the implications of the second and third stages of the Act ahead of their implementation in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Delegates will discuss the effectiveness of the £60m Integrated Care Fund and the challenges and opportunities surrounding delivering social services at a regional level; including establishing governance arrangements, improving financial and workforce resilience and integrating local authorities.