What We Do

ADSS Cymru provides experience and expertise, both in terms of policy and professional practice, covering all aspects of social services. It is also a key information resource within the social services sector, responding to the demand for intelligence to inform strategic decision-making and best practice.

Our association recognises the need for transformation and welcomes the fact that the Welsh Government has begun a programme of major reform, which includes the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act and the Well-being of Future Generations Act, with other Bills in the pipeline. We too are committed to the values and aspirations set out in the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act.

We are currently developing a unified approach to putting in place new models of care and support, which ensure that services are:

  • more responsive to the needs and expectations of citizens and communities
  • more integrated
  • more congruent with the values of frontline staff
  • more sustainable in the face of increasing demand and diminishing resources.

New legislation and the new models of support and care have to be implemented at a time of unparalleled financial constraints, increasing demand and shifting public expectations. We must look to ensure a coherent public services approach to well-being, the provision of information and advice, preventative and early intervention services.

In order to support the new legislation, ADSS Cymru has agreed policy priorities that are consistent with our strategic objectives and help deliver our vision.

Policy groups have been formed around these policy priority areas and each group will produce a work plan identifying a set of specific outcomes that can be realistically delivered in readiness for the implementation of the Act in 2016. You can find more about these groups on the right-hand side menu. More policy and technical groups will be added as the legislation evolves over time.

Outcomes of ADSS Cymru policy activity will ensure the association is well placed to provide professional and strategic leadership for the future direction of social services in Wales.