Wales streamlines regulation of care and early years provision

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A new inspectorate for care and social services in Wales begins its work on Monday (2 April, 2007).

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has been formed by integrating two Welsh Assembly Government inspectorates - the Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales (CSIW) and the Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (SSIW).

The aim is to streamline and improve regulation and inspection for vital care, early years and social services across Wales.

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Dr Brian Gibbons, welcomed the creation of the new organisation.

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Dr Gibbons said: "The new inspectorate reflects the Welsh Assembly Government's determination to improve public services highlighted in Making the Connections and Delivering Beyond Boundaries, its response to the Beecham review.

"Care, early years and social services support some of the most vulnerable people in society. Whether they are young or old, both they and the wider public must be assured that the services they use are of real quality. Inspection and regulation are critical to providing that assurance.

"The new Inspectorate will build on the work of CSIW and SSIW to continue to lift standards, widen best practice exchange and further improve the support available to those in need.

"It will make better use of the knowledge gained by inspectors to underpin service change and development nationally and locally.

"That is directly relevant to our 10-year strategy for the social care sector

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