Care Act

A female care worker helping a man who needs care and support make some food

The Care Act brings together care and support legislation in England with the principle of well-being at its heart.

The latest edition published on 10 March 2016 supersedes the version issued in October 2014. It takes account of regulatory changes, feedback from stakeholders and the care sector, and developments following the postponement of social care funding reforms to 2020.

This table shows where changes have been made and details the more significant changes. Any future updates will be highlighted in the GOV.UK guidance document.

The Care Act changes the way councils, care providers and user organisations work. It changes peoples roles in the delivery of care, and the expectations and duties placed on people.


How can we help?

We’ve developed tools and learning materials to help make sure you meet the requirements of the Act.

For those who employ and commission social workers in adult services we’ve developed the effective deployment online tool.

What is the Care Act?

Watch our introductory video to the Care Act:



For more information on the tools available to help with implementation of the Care Act visit the care and support reform website.

October 2014 - Skills for Care, for the Care and Support Reform Programme

Our prospectus provides an overview of the workforce development resources developed to support implementation of the Care Act.

The Local Government Association (LGA), Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Care Providers Alliance (CPA), and the Department of Health (DH) worked together through the Care and Support Reform Programme to ensure that councils, providers and other partners are successful in their implementation of the Care Act’s provisions.

As part of this work, a joint programme office has been established to help bring the necessary changes to policy and practice into reality.

For further information on the resources available to support local implementation visit the implementing your programme web pages.

Workforce planning and workforce commissioning are key elements in the implementation of the Care Act.

Local authorities can use their National Minimum Data Set for Social Care (NMDS-SC) return to better understand the profile of their workforce through our key information and statistics reports and dashboard reports

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