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The Care Act (2014) and the voluntary sector working in criminal justice

This briefing, written by ACEVO, explains the Care Act (2014)1 and its relevance to voluntary sector organisations working with people in prison custody who are resettled back into local communities. It lays out the background to the act, the changes that impact on people in the Criminal Justice System (CJS), and the changes that are relevant to operational staff, and strategic leads, in voluntary sector organisations.

The Care Act (2014): background and context to the Act
The Care Act 2014 has been described by the Government as “the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years” and introduces major reforms to adult social care law, how care is funded, the responsibilities of councils and the rights of those in need of social care. The Department of Health, the Local Government Association and the Social Care Institute of Excellence4 all have detailed briefings about the Act and its implications on their websites. These should be read in conjunction with this briefing.