The process

Information and guidance about the re-registration process under the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016.

If you are already registered with us, you will need to re-register as part of the changes to the law.


Adoption services, fostering services, advocacy services and adult placement services are required to submit an application under the Act by 31 August 2019.

As long as you submit your application to us by your given date, you will continue to be registered and inspected under the Care Standards Act (External link) until we have processed and determined your application.

Applications to register

Applications to register will open from 29 April 2019

What are the changes to registration?

The Act introduces a new system of service regulation and inspection – moving away from an ‘establishment’ to a ‘service provider’ based model. This means that a provider who currently has more than one service will no longer need to have separate registrations for each service. Under the new law, the provider will have just one registration that covers all of its services.

Providers will be required to designate Responsible Individuals (RIs) for each of the services they wish to register. RIs will be subject to a fit and proper person test and there will be statutory duties placed on them, making them more accountable for the services provided.

Registered Managers will no longer be required to register with us, but will be required to register with Social Care Wales (External link).