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The College of Social Work Response to the Consultation on Draft Care Act Guidance and Regulations

1.1 The College of Social Work (TCSW) fully supports the intent of the Care Act and the measures that will see the principles of wellbeing and prevention put at the forefront when it comes to meeting the needs of individuals and their carers. We recognise that the implementation of these legislative changes will be challenging, and will demand significant shifts in culture and attitude both strategically and in professional practice. Social workers will have a pivotal role in helping lead these changes from a narrow care management model to one which actively supports people to choose, control and manage their own care.

1.2 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 believes that social workers must be central to delivering the aims of the Care Act and as its provisions are implemented over the next couple of years.