Social Services & Well-being Act

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 came into force on 6 April 2016. 

The Act changes the way people’s needs are assessed and the way services are delivered - people will have more of a say in the care and support they receive.

It also promotes help available within the community to reduce the need for formal, planned support.

  • Services will be available to provide the right support at the right time
  • More information and advice will be available
  • Assessment will be simpler and proportionate
  • Carers will have an equal right to be assessed for support
  • There will be stronger powers to keep people safe from abuse and neglect

Population Needs Assessment

The Social Services and Wellbeing Act (Act) Part Two, Section 14 requires local authorities and local health boards to carry out a joint assessment of the needs for care and support, and the support needs of carers in the local authority area.

Care and support is in relation to people known to social services and those supported through preventative services.

The population needs assessment (PNA) will consist of:

  • assessing the extent to which there are people or their carers who need care and support and how much support is needed

  • assessing the range and level of services required for the care and support needs of the population, their carers, to prevent needs arising and escalating, and the actions required to provide services in Welsh.

The first population assessment had to be published by April 2017. 

Download the PNA Gwent Region Report (pdf)

Download the PNA summary (pdf)

There is also an expectation that a regional joint action plan will be published by April 2018. 

Expected benefits are more opportunities for regional working, joint commissioning and maximising of resources.

Read more on the Welsh Government website or contact Gwent health and social care team