Social Care Providers are playing a critical role in protecting and caring for the most at-risk citizens in our communities. These are challenging times and the leadership of social care in Wales really appreciates everything you are doing to keep people safe.

This document should be read in conjunction with the most recent advice from Public Health Wales (PHW) and Welsh Government.

The aim of this briefing is to keep providers informed of the latest updates, provide advice and respond to general enquiries.





Care Inspectorate Wales

National review of care homes for people living with dementia

The CIW review looked at the care received by people living with dementia in care homes in Wales, and how they are supported in this important stage of their lives


National review of prevention and promotion of independence for older adults

The CIW review of the progress made by local authority social services and health boards in supporting older adults to be as independent as possible, in line with the Social Services and Well-being Act (Wales) 2014


Social Care Wales

Have your say on what we think are the priorities for the next five years


We recognise that social care and early years in Wales will need to be very different in five years’ time to respond to changing demographic, economic and social needs, and we think that means that we, as an organisation, need to be very different, too.


We want to hear your honest feedback about our proposed priorities so that we can be sure our five-year plan will meet the changing needs of the sectors and support the workforce, employers and leaders in the months and years ahead.

WeCare Wales jobs portal


Social care employers: we want to help address the staff shortages you might be facing right now. To help you find the right people to fill your vacancies and support your business, we’ve created a jobs portal that will list current social care jobs in Wales.


Post your job vacancies on Twitter and include the following details:

  • job title
  • local authority (if the role covers more than one authority, include them all)
  • brief description of the role

hashtag: #WeCareWalesJobs (you must include this).





Academi Wales

Academi Wales: Building Effective Relationships

1-hour online event

13 October 2020 @ 10:00 - 11:00

This one-hour online session will focus on you mapping your current relationships both at home and work, look at what works and what could be done to make improvements in building your relationships, particularly in the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic and our need to communicate in ways other than face-to-face.

This is a holistic programme with the focus on benefiting all areas of your life rather than separating work and home.

Benefits to you

You will be able to:

• create a map of your current relationships (you will be provided with instructions on how to do this ahead of the session)

• identify which of the 5 key values are present in each relationship

• explore how relationships might be improved

• develop more positive relationships using a number of proven techniques

Target audience

Open to all public and third sector staff in Wales.

Link to information


Cymorth Cymru


Social Care Heroes is a campaign to raise awareness and support for the Social Care workforce in Wales. Cymorth Cymru have been running the campaign throughout the summer and now want to share with their brand-new bilingual campaign postcards as we head into the autumn.  

Cymorth Cymru are seeking support for the campaign and invite you to join them to raise up staff from the sector and to celebrate all the incredible work they do! 

Using the postcard is quick and easy: 

  1. Print and cut out the postcard (attached to this email) and write down why you’re supporting Social Care staff 
  2. Snap a picture of the card, (why not include yourself, family & friends?) 
  3. Upload the picture to social media with the hashtag #SocialCareHeroes 

Here’s an example: 


Once you’ve taken your pictures, upload them to social media with #SocialCareHeroes, where you can also search for, and share other people’s pictures.  

Please share this email with friends, family and colleagues as it would be fantastic to get as many people involved as possible. 

If you have any questions about the campaign, or want to know how you can get involved further, please get in touch. 



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Welsh Government

Winter plan for health and social services in Wales published

Health Minister, Vaughn Gething, has today (15 September) set-out the preparations being made by health and social services in Wales for the great challenges they face this winter.


Test, trace, protect

Multilingual information about coronavirus symptoms, testing and contact tracing.


NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme (Wales) 2020

  • The scheme covers coronavirus-related deaths of workers in frontline health and social care roles
  • It provides £60,000 to beneficiaries
  • Employers can assist by making families aware of the scheme.

The Adoption and Fostering (Specified Complaints) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocations) (Wales) Regulations 2020

The consultation relating to the proposed changes that will be introduced by the Adoption and Fostering (Specified Complaints) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocations) (Wales) Regulations 2020 has been published.  These Regulations will bring about changes to the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) for qualifying determinations.  


The Welsh Government is inviting responses to the consultation questions, which will help shape the final process that will replace the IRM. 


This consultation will end on the 2nd November 2020.




Coronavirus legislation and guidance on the law

The laws and guidance on these laws passed in Wales in response to the coronavirus pandemic.



Workplace safety measures crucial to preventing spread of coronavirus

Economy Minister Ken Skates has called on employers and workers to do all they can to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the workplace.


Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus - Workplace

Guidance under regulation 13 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.2) (Wales) Regulations 2020.


Coronavirus regulations: frequently asked questions

What you and businesses can and cannot do during the outbreak and what happens if you break these new laws.


Volunteering during the coronavirus pandemic

How you can safely help vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.


Wales leads the way in pay-rise for all staff in primary care

The Minister for Health, Vaughan Gething has today announced that all doctors, nurses and staff working within GP practices will receive a 2.8% pay uplift.


Face coverings: guidance for public

Face coverings will become mandatory in indoor public places across Wales from 14 September.

Guidance on extended households: coronavirus

Rules that will apply to being in an extended household and advice about how to form one. This update includes a new limit on the number of people (6) allowed to meet indoors from an extended household.

Getting food and essential supplies during the coronavirus pandemic

How you can get food and essential supplies if you are shielding, self-isolating or a critical worker.

Children’s social services during the COVID-19 pandemic: guidance

How children’s social care providers can change their services to support young people during COVID-19.

Link to guidance


Business Tenancies

Re-entry or forfeiture for non-payment of rent (for commercial tenancies) may not be enforced during the period now ending 31 December 2020.

Link to information

Technical Advisory Group: statement on single vs double testing patients

Consensus statement on the impact of single vs double testing of patients prior to discharge from hospital into a care home.

£33m for new Cardiff and Vale COVID-19 facility

Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced £33m funding for a new facility for the Cardiff and Vale Health Board to manage any potential increase in COVID-19 cases this winter.

Shielding extremely vulnerable people

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19)

Link to guidance




  • Author: ADSS Cymru & Partners
  • Date: 16/09/2020