The Care Act
On this page you will find useful links to resources to support you with the Care Act
The Care Act brings care and support legislation together into a single act with a new well-being principle at its heart. It introduces major reforms to the legal framework for adult care and support in England - to the duties of local authorities, to the rights of those in need of care and support and their carers and to the funding system for care and support.
What does it mean for you?
Implementation of the Care Act will have significant implications for the adult social care workforce in England.
The changes will impact the way councils do business and the roles of their workforce. They will have an impact on care providers and user organisations and their roles in the delivery of care, and the expectations and duties placed on them by the new legislation.
Below are a number of links to organisations and websites that have information, resources and toolkits to support you understand the Care Act 2014. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list.
A briefing has been issued by the LGA outlining details of the delay to the phase two reforms of the Care Act. Download it here.
Skills for Care
Skills for Care has produced a suite of learning materials to support the implementation of the Care Act 2014, which includes good summaries of the new requirements
Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE)
SCIE provides guidance, practical resources, training and consultancy to help implement the letter and the spirit of the Care Act.
Their products are part of a suite of resources commissioned by the Department of Health, Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Care Providers Alliance.
Their Care Act training and consultancy services are part of their commercial work.
Presentation, video and training details:
Leaflet for local authorities, care providers and their partners
Department of Health factsheets and guidance documents. Part of ‘Making sure health and social care services work together,' and ‘Helping people make informed choices about health and social care.'
Fact Sheets accompany Part 1 of the Care Act 2014: and provide an overview and the duties and powers local authorities will have in the future.
Guidance for implementation - to support implementation of part 1 of the Care Act 2014 by local authorities
The latest news, views and guidance on the legislation to reform adult social care in England. A website for social workers and everyone in social care. They have some of the latest news, views and guidance on the Care Act.
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)
A national partnership of more than 50 organisations committed to transforming health and care through personalisation and community-based support.
TLAP provides guidance materials as part of a suite of resources commissioned by the Department of Health in partnership with the Local Government Association and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services to support those commissioning and providing care and support in implementing the Care Act 2014.
Information and Advice Strategy Toolkit
An online guide to help councils review current information and advice provision with a step by step guide for developing a strategy which is Care Act compliant.
Information, Advice and Brokerage guide
The Guide has been split into three parts: Shaping the Future which looks at the exact Care Act requirements and some of the strategies needed to meet those changes; Gearing up for change which sets out what has been tried and learned across England; and Seeing the Benefits which looks at how to measure success.
Local Authority case studies
Six detailed case studies from around the country to show how councils are meeting new Care Act duties around information and advice.
For more information click on the link below:
Local Government Association
‘Get in on the Act’ report’– A 12 page summary of key changes being introduced with the Care Act
Briefings for local councillors’– Four examples of work being done to engage local councillors in implementation of the Care Act
Social Care Information and Learning Services (Scils)
Social Care Information and Learning Services is an online learning resource/community dedicated to the Health and Social Care Sector.
A wide range of social care materials are available either for online or group learning along with other services that support social care professionals in furthering their knowledge.
Norfolk is covered by subscriptions that enable the Statutory, Private and Voluntary Sectors access to the website without additional cost. To access the website the code is 191NORFOLK
Scils is in the process of finalising individual and group learning materials for the Care Act.
The Guardian Social Network learning and development hub
The new learning and development hub on The Guardian’s social care network is a package of features, analysis and resources focusing on training and professional development for all those working in the social care sector - and those in other sectors considering transferring their skills. It is supported by Skills for Care. It has articles and comment on the Care Act.
Skills for Care's partner zone for features, comments and case studies about learning and development in adult social care in England. It has access to resources, information, videos and toolkits.