In a letter to National Advisory Board members, the Chief Inspector said it was with “mixed feelings” that she announced her retirement from CSSIW later this year.
A qualified social worker, Mrs Richardson has experience working for four social care inspectorates, and over the last 7 years has led on modernising CSSIW to ensure our work focuses on the lived experiences of service users.
After nearly seven years with the inspectorate, and a career in social care spanning 40 years, I am going to retire at the end of the summer.
As an inspectorate we have been determined to improve social care for people in Wales. With the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act and the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act now in place, the direction of travel for all social care in Wales is set, and I look forward to seeing those pieces of legislation bear fruit in the coming years.
My decision to retire this year has not been made lightly, but the inspectorate needs a leader who can see CSSIW through the implementation of legislative changes and transition during the next three years.
Plans for my replacement will be announced in due course.