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Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016

The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 (‘the Act’) provides the statutory framework for the regulation and inspection of social care in Wales. The Act contains provisions to:

  • reform the regulation of social care in Wales by placing people who receive care and support at its centre
  • reform the regulation of the social care workforce
  • rename the Care Council for Wales as Social Care Wales, giving it new powers 
  • reform the inspection of local authority social services functions
  • provide a robust response to the lessons learned from previous failures in the system.

The Explanatory Notes to the Act provide detailed commentary on the various provisions.

Coming into force:

Sections 186 to 190 came into force on 19 January 2016 which is the day after the Act received Royal Assent, in accordance with section 188(2).

All other provisions of the Act come into force on a day appointed by the Welsh Ministers in an order made by statutory instrument, in accordance with section 188(1).

The following orders have been made:

Subordinate legislation made under the Act:

Further legislation is listed in the Social Services subject area of the site. This information will be merged with this page in due course.

TitleCitation number (statutory instruments only)Made dateComing into force dateSupporting documents
The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 and Regulated Services (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 20202020 No. 389 (W. 87)11 March 2020 1 April 2020Explanatory Memorandum
The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 (Consequential and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 20192019 No. 976 (W. 167)31 May 20192 June 2019Explanatory Memorandum
The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 20192019 No. 772 (W. 146)29 March 201929 April 2019Explanatory Memorandum unavailable
The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Regulations 20192019 No. 237 (W. 56)12 February 201913 February 2019Explanatory Memorandum
The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 20182018 No. 195 (W. 44)15 February 20182 April 2018 (subject to paragraphs (2) to (4)Explanatory Memorandum
The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Regulations 20182018 No. 48 (W. 15)17 January 201819 January 2018Explanatory Memorandum
The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Regulations 20172017 No. 52 (W. 23)21 January 201726 January 2017Explanatory Memorandum

In addition, the UK Government has made the following Orders:

Consideration of the legislation by the Senedd:

The Bill was introduced on 23 February 2015 by Mark Drakeford MS, who was Minister for Health and Social Services at the time, and was passed on 24 November 2015.

More information about the Bill is available on the Senedd’s website, including a record of the passage of the Bill through the Senedd (known then as the National Assembly for Wales) and the Explanatory Memorandum that was prepared by the Welsh Government (as revised after Stage 2). 

The Act received Royal Assent on 18 January 2016.

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21 February 2024