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Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014


The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 ( the SSWA 2014) received Royal Assent on 1 May 2014.; The majority of its provisions came into force on 6 April 2016( ).However, some provisions of the SSWA 2014 were commenced earlier:

  • section 170 - joint arrangements for the provision of adoption services and Part 10 (sections 179 and 180) were commenced on 1 November 2014( );
  • sections 132 and 133 – National Independent Safeguarding Board and Regulations about the National Board were commenced on 21 October 2015( )

Further information

The SSWA 2014 contains 200 sections, which are divided into 11 Parts and there are three Schedules. Given the length of the Act, section 1 contains an overview of the Act and defines several key terms.

Further information about the SSWA 2014 appears on the relevant topic pages of this website.

In addition, information about the Act as well as learning resources can be found on the  Social Care Wales Information and Learning Hub( ).

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