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The College of Social Work Guide to the Social Work Practice Implications of the Care Act 2014

The Care Act was passed into law in May 2014. At its heart are the principles of wellbeing and prevention and the recognition that an individual, their family, and/or carer must be enabled to make decisions regarding their own care. TCSW recognises that implementation of these legislative changes will be challenging and demand significant cultural and attitudinal changes, both strategically and in professional practice. Social workers will have a pivotal role in helping to lead changes from a narrow care management model to one which actively supports people to choose, control and manage their own care. TCSW has produced this briefing to help social workers make sense of these changes, and identify their role within the new social care framework.

Social work is a regulated profession in which social workers are uniquely educated and qualified to support individuals and families in meeting some of life’s biggest challenges. Social workers play a pivotal and often leading role in safeguarding people’s rights, building relationships to support and empower children, adults and families to make important choices about the direction of their lives. TCSW would argue that social workers will be central to delivering the aims of the Care Act as its provisions are implemented over the next couple of years.