The purpose of the site is to assist social workers, social care practitioners, foster carers and advisers find the current law relating to social care for children and young people in Wales.
We use the term ‘children’s social care’ to describe services for children and young people who need them, which are provided by local authority children’s services departments. Although law-making powers in social welfare are now the responsibility of the Welsh Government, the current law is a mix of older laws that cover both England and Wales, some that differ slightly between England and Wales and some that apply in Wales only. We hope that the site will help you steer through this to find what you need to know about children’s services.
The site includes references to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, which took effect on 6 April 2016.
This website is maintained by Cardiff University School of Law and Politics and the Centre for Health and Social Care Law. It is supported by: AFA Cymru; Social Care Wales; The Fostering Network; and CASCADE.
We intend this site to act as a useful signpost but nothing here should be treated as specific legal advice for particular circumstances. We cannot accept responsibility for any reliance placed upon the contents of this site, which is not intended to replace professional advice. We hope to keep the information contained on the site up to date and accurate, but we cannot guarantee to immediately cover all changes to the law or update information that becomes outdated or obsolete. We have provided some links to other websites we hope are useful but we are not responsible for content on other sites and providing a link here does not necessarily mean we endorse the content of that site.