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Social care standards in Wales have 'improved'

26th October 2005

Social care standards in Wales have improved over the last year but there is still work to do in many services areas, the chief executive of the Care Standards Inspectorate of Wales (CSIW) has claimed.

Rob Pickford's comments came as he published his third annual report containing the most comprehensive overview of individual care services in Wales.

The report shows analysis of over 6,000 settings in both the public and independent sectors and comments on the quality and shape of care services in Wales against the minimum care standards set by the government.

Commenting on the report Mr Pickford said: "It is clear that there are many good services and that services have improved in quality over the past year but there are still a number of areas causing concern.

"Service providers, practitioners, commissioners of services and policy makers will need to address these concerns."

Mr Pickford said that many of the requirements set out in the report focused on basic care practices, understanding what people need, what care and support they require and the importance of good quality support for staff.

"This information will enable us to target our energies more effectively, matching the intensity of our regulation to service user needs," he said.

The CSIW regulates care homes for adults, children's homes, adult placement schemes, domiciliary and other care agencies, day care services and private and voluntary health care.