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 act came into force in October 2014 and there have been amendments which take account of regulatory changes, feedback from stakeholders and the care sector. The Care Act changes the way councils, care providers and user organisations work. It changes people's roles in the delivery of care, and the expectations and duties placed on people.

All the information relating to the act and amendments can be found here on


Knowledge of The Care Act forms part of the Care Certificate, the national standards which make new members of staff ready to practice.

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

Local authorities can use their Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) return to better understand the profile of their workforce through our workforce intelligence reports and publications

Workforce capacity planning helps you to work out if you have the right mix and numbers of workers with the right skills and knowledge to implement care and support reform. The principles of workforce capacity planning are applicable across all services undergoing change.

In 2014 we developed learning materials to help you meet the requirements of the Act. This resource has not been updated since 2016. It may not reflect current policy but still provides valuable practice guidance.

These resources have been archived but you can still request a copy by emailing

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