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Written Statement - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
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National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written Statement - Care for People with a Learning Disability
Like me you will have been distressed by the recent BBC Panorama programme that identified the appalling abuse of vulnerable adults at the Castlebeck owned Winterbourne View Care Home, near Bristol. Treatment of vulnerable people like this just cannot be tolerated.
Assembly Members have understandably sought assurances about the care provided to people from Wales who have been placed in the care of Castlebeck or any of its subsidiaries.
There are no people from Wales presently placed in Winterbourne View Care Home. There are however a very small number of people placed in other Castlebeck owned facilities in England I have received assurances from the placing authority that monitoring visits are in place and there are currently no concerns about their wellbeing.
Whilst Castlebeck does not provide any services in Wales, a subsidiary company Mental Health Care UK (MHC) , operates three independent hospitals and 13 registered care homes in North Wales providing care for people with mental health and learning disabilities. The hospitals are registered with Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) and the care homes are registered with Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).
Enquiries have been made of all Local Authorities, Local Health Boards and Welsh Health Specialised Services in Wales to identify people placed in the MHC hospitals and homes. We have enquired about the action they have taken and will continue to take to be assured that the people they have placed have received and will continue to receive appropriate care. They have all provided assurances about the adequacy of their arrangements for the contracting of care of vulnerable individuals; the maintenance of standards of care; regular reviews of care needs; and the monitoring arrangements and the detection of, and response to, concerns raised about the quality of care.
I have met both Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) and Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) to discuss their statutory responsibilities and their responses to the Panorama programme. I am confident that firm action is being taken by CSSIW and HIW in the immediate and longer term to ensure that those who are vulnerable and accessing health and social care are properly safeguarded and that their care and treatment needs are fully addressed.
Although the particular focus of the Panorama programme was a home for people with learning disabilities, complex needs or challenging behaviour there are lessons to be learnt about the care and safeguarding of all vulnerable people in Wales. I can advise that we will be using the Welsh Government’s new legislative powers to introduce a Social Services Bill, based on a thorough review of the current legislative and regulatory framework, that will include provisions to strengthen safeguarding arrangements for vulnerable people in Wales. We must all do all we can to ensure that the appalling abuse suffered by vulnerable people in Winterbourne View Care Home never happens in Wales.