Regulations

What a registered care provider must do by law to provide a care service in Wales.

Changes to the law from April 2018

The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 (External link) came into force in April 2018.

Which services does this affect?

  • Care home services -including those who provide care home services for children or adults
  • Domiciliary support services - a service that can provide care in your own home as well as general support
  • Residential family centres,
  • Secure accommodation services,
  • Fostering services,
  • Adoption services
  • Adult placement, and, 
  • Advocacy services.

If you are already registered with us

If you are already registered with us as one of the above services you will need to re-register. Information about re-registering is available here.

We will carry out the re-registration process in a phased approach. 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 under the new law.

If you are not registered with us

If you are not registered and providing or planning to provide one of the services above you must register with us under the new law. More information is available on our registration pages.

Regulations

We inspect care service providers against the requirements of the Care Standards Act 2000, (External link) the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 (External link), Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016 (External link) and their related regulations.

Here you’ll find links to the regulations, statutory guidance and also the National Minimum Standards for each service we regulate.

National Minimum Standards and statutory guidance

The National Minimum Standards and statutory guidance set out the standards of care registered providers should provide and aim to exceed when delivering their service to people who use it.