National Legislation and Policy
This section provides links to the range of national legislation, policy documents and publications that inform the work of our Partnership.
The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 became law in Wales on 24 January 2018. The Act makes provision for a new statutory framework for supporting children and young people with additional learning needs. This is to replace existing legislation surrounding special educational needs and the assessment of children and young people with learning difficulties and / or disabilities in post-16 education and training.
An expert panel has undertaken a parliamentary review of health and social care. This is in line with the commitment given by the First Minister of Wales. The Review of Health and Social Care in Wales: Final Report was published on 16 January 2018.
The Terms of reference have been defined to ensure that the outcome of the review is focused on the appropriate issues.
The Public Health (Wales) Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 3 July 2017. The legislation covers the following areas:
- A focus on obesity enables us to address this issue through a national strategy.
- Restricting smoking in school and hospital grounds, public playgrounds and outdoor care settings for children.
- Requiring retailers of tobacco to be on a national register.
- A new licensing system will protect people from the risks of infection resulting from special procedures, including body piercing, electrolysis, acupuncture and tattooing.
- Prohibiting the intimate piercing of those under 18.
- Changes to planning processes for pharmaceutical services and access to toilets for public use.
- Health impact assessments carried out by public bodies.
The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act received Royal Assent on 18 January 2016. The Act builds on the success of regulation in Wales and reflects the changing world of social care. It places service quality and improvement at the heart of the regulatory regime and strengthens protection for those who need it. Regulation will move beyond compliance with minimum standards, and focus more on the quality of services and the impact which they have on people receiving them.
For more information and to view the Act, please see the National Assembly for Wales website.
The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is about improving the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales through sustainable development. The Act places a well-being duty on public sector bodies to take action to achieve 7 well-being goals in accordance with a ‘sustainable development principle’. You can find out more about the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act by downloading our overview ‘The Essentials’.
The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 established Public Services Boards (PSBs) in each local authority area. The purpose of PSBs is to improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of the area by contributing to the achievement of the national well-being goals. Cardiff and Vale UHB is a full statutory member of the PSBs in Cardiff and in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The Act provides the legal framework for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, carers who need support, and for transforming social services in Wales. Further information about the Act can accessed via the following links:
- The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act.
- The Essentials: Provides an overview of the Act and its wider legal framework.
- The regulations that will support the Act.
- The codes of practice and statutory guidance that will support the Act.
- An overview of the legislative framework.
- The Care Council for Wales’ Learning Hub.