The Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014 puts in place a legal framework for the social services functions of local authorities and health boards in Wales. It came into effect in April 2016. The Act is positioned as an ambitious systemic framework to enable transformational policy change, organisational and system level change, and change in the practical delivery of care and support. These changes, in turn, are expected to be reflected in experiences of care and support by individuals, families, carers and communities, and over time, in the attainment of well-being outcomes and sustainable social services.
In this document we outline a Framework for Change, or story about how the duties, principles and ideals, mechanisms and practices laid out in the Act are guides to certain outcomes, most notably the fulfilment of well-being for people in Wales and sustainability of services.