The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 is an essential component of Welsh Government policy to produce ‘transformative changes’ in the provision of social services across Wales. It has 11 parts and is informed by five principles: well-being; voice and control, running ‘across the spine’ of the Act (ibid., p.9); prevention and early intervention; multi-agency working; and co-production.
The Welsh Government commissioned a partnership of academics across four universities in Wales to deliver the evaluation of the Act. This independent national evaluation – the IMPACT study – ran from November 2018 to October 2022. It was led by Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of the WIHSC at USW. The Final Report of our work (available in both Cymraeg and English, in Summary version, and Easy-Read format) is now published.
This short film provides an overview of the key findings, and greater detail can be found by listening to the study leads, Professors Mark Llewellyn and Fiona Verity, Swansea University.