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162Arrangements to promote co-operation: adults with needs for care and support and carersE+W

(1)A local authority must make arrangements to promote co-operation between—

(a)the local authority,

(b)each of the authority's relevant partners in the exercise of—

(i)their functions relating to adults with needs for care and support or to adults who are carers, and

(ii)their other functions the exercise of which is relevant to the functions referred to in sub-paragraph (i), and

(c)such other persons or bodies as the authority considers appropriate, being persons or bodies of any nature who or which exercise functions or are engaged in activities in relation to—

(i)adults within the authority's area with needs for care and support, or

(ii)adults within the authority's area who are carers.

(2)A local authority must also make arrangements to promote co-operation between the officers of the authority who exercise its functions.

(3)The arrangements under subsections (1) and (2) are to be made with a view to—

(a)improving the well-being of—

(i)adults within the authority's area with needs for care and support, and

(ii)adults within the authority's area who are carers;

(b)improving the quality of care and support for adults, and of support for adults who are carers, provided in the authority's area (including the outcomes that are achieved from such provision);

(c)protecting adults with needs for care and support who are experiencing, or are at risk of, abuse or neglect.

(4)For the purposes of this section each of the following is a relevant partner of a local authority—

(a)the local policing body and the chief officer of police for a police area any part of which falls within the area of the local authority;

(b)any other local authority with which the authority agrees that it would be appropriate to co-operate under this section;

(c)the Secretary of State to the extent that the Secretary of State is discharging functions under sections 2 and 3 of the Offender Management Act 2007 in relation to Wales;

(d)any provider of probation services that is required by arrangements under section 3(2) of the Offender Management Act 2007 to act as a relevant partner of the authority;

(e)a Local Health Board for an area any part of which falls within the area of the authority;

(f)an [F1NHS Trust] providing services in the area of the authority;

(g)the Welsh Ministers to the extent that they are discharging functions under Part 2 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000;

(h)such a person, or a person of such description, as regulations may specify.

(5)Regulations under subsection (4)(h) may not specify a Minister of the Crown or the governor of a prison (or, in the case of a contracted out prison, its director) unless the Secretary of State consents.

(6)The relevant partners of a local authority must co-operate with the authority in the making of arrangements under this section.

(7)A local authority and any of its relevant partners may for the purposes of arrangements under this section—

(a)provide staff, goods, services, accommodation or other resources;

(b)establish and maintain a pooled fund;

(c)share information with each other.

(8)For the purposes of subsection (7) a pooled fund is a fund—

(a)which is made up of contributions by the authority and the relevant partner or partners concerned, and

(b)out of which payments may be made towards expenditure incurred in the discharge of functions of the authority and functions of the relevant partner or partners.

(9)A local authority and each of its relevant partners must, in exercising their functions under this section, have regard to any guidance given to them for the purpose by the Welsh Ministers.

(10)The Welsh Ministers must consult the Secretary of State before giving guidance under subsection (9).

(11)In this section—

(a)a reference to a prison includes a young offender institution;

(b)a reference to a contracted out prison has the meaning given by section 84(4) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991.

Textual Amendments

Commencement Information

I1S. 162 in force at 6.4.2016 by S.I. 2016/412, art. 2 (with art. 4, Schs. 1, 2)

163Arrangements to promote co-operation: childrenE+W

(1)Section 25 of the Children Act 2004 (co-operation to improve well-being: Wales) is amended as follows.

(2)After subsection (1) insert—

(1A)Each local authority in Wales must also make arrangements to promote co-operation between officers of the authority who exercise its functions.

(3)For subsection (2) substitute—

(2)The arrangements under subsections (1) and (1A) are to be made with a view to—

(a)improving the well-being of children within the authority's area, in particular those with needs for care and support;

(b)improving the quality of care and support for children provided in the authority's area (including the outcomes that are achieved from such provision);

(c)protecting children who are experiencing, or are at risk of, abuse, neglect or other kinds of harm (within the meaning of the Children Act 1989).

(4)In subsection (4)—

(a)after paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)any other local authority in Wales with which the authority agrees that it would be appropriate to co-operate under this section;;

(b)in paragraph (f) for “Assembly” substitute “ Welsh Ministers ” and for “it is” substitute “ they are ”;

(c)after paragraph (f) insert—

(g)such a person, or a person of such description, as regulations made by the Welsh Ministers may specify.

(5)After subsection (4) insert—

(4A)Regulations under subsection (4)(g) may not specify a Minister of the Crown or the governor of a prison or secure training centre (or, in the case of a contracted out prison or secure training centre, its director) unless the Secretary of State consents.

(6)In subsections (8) and (9) for “Assembly” substitute “ Welsh Ministers ”.

(7)After subsection (10) insert—

(11)In this section—

  • care and support” means—

    (a)

    care;

    (b)

    support;

    (c)

    both care and support;

  • well-being” means well-being in relation to any of the following—

    (a)

    physical and mental health and emotional well-being;

    (b)

    protection from abuse and neglect;

    (c)

    education, training and recreation;

    (d)

    domestic, family and personal relationships;

    (e)

    contribution made to society;

    (f)

    securing rights and entitlements;

    (g)

    social and economic well-being;

    (h)

    suitability of living accommodation;

    (i)

    physical, intellectual, emotional, social and behavioural development;

    and it includes “welfare” as that word is interpreted for the purposes of the Children Act 1989.

(8)In consequence of the amendment made by subsection (4)(b), in section 66 of the Children Act 2004 (regulations and orders), in subsection (7), after “section” insert “ 25 or ”.

Commencement Information

I2S. 163 in force at 6.4.2016 by S.I. 2016/412, art. 2 (with art. 4, Schs. 1, 2)

164Duty to co-operate and provide information in the exercise of social services functionsE+W

(1)If a local authority requests the co-operation of a person mentioned in subsection (4) in the exercise of any of its social services functions, the person must comply with the request unless the person considers that doing so would—

(a)be incompatible with the person's own duties, or

(b)otherwise have an adverse effect on the exercise of the person's functions.

(2)If a local authority requests that a person mentioned in subsection (4) provides it with information it requires for the purpose of the exercise of any of its social services functions, the person must comply with the request unless the person considers that doing so would—

(a)be incompatible with the person's own duties, or

(b)otherwise have an adverse effect on the exercise of the person's functions.

(3)A person who decides not to comply with a request under subsection (1) or (2) must give the local authority which made the request written reasons for the decision.

(4)The persons are—

(a)a relevant partner of the local authority making the request;

(b)a local authority, a Local Health Board or an [F2NHS Trust] which is not a relevant partner of the local authority making the request;

(c)a youth offending team for an area any part of which falls within the area of the local authority making the request.

(5)A local authority and each of those persons mentioned in subsection (4) must in exercising their functions under this section have regard to any guidance given to them for the purpose by the Welsh Ministers.

(6)The Welsh Ministers must consult the Secretary of State before giving guidance under subsection (5).

(7)For the purpose of this section a relevant partner of a local authority is a person who is a relevant partner of the authority for the purposes of section 162.

Textual Amendments

Commencement Information

I3S. 164 in force at 6.4.2016 by S.I. 2016/412, art. 2 (with art. 4, Schs. 1, 2)

[F3164A.Duty of other persons to co-operate and provide informationE+W

(1)If a local authority requests the co-operation of a person mentioned in subsection (4) in the exercise of its functions mentioned in subsection (5), the person must comply with the request unless the person considers that doing so would—

(a)be incompatible with the person’s own duties, or

(b)otherwise have an adverse effect on the exercise of the person’s functions.

(2)If a local authority requests that a person mentioned in subsection (4) provides it with information it requires for the purpose of the exercise of any of its functions mentioned in subsection (5), the person must comply with the request unless the person considers that doing so would—

(a)be incompatible with the person’s own duties, or

(b)otherwise have an adverse effect on the exercise of the person’s functions.

(3)A person who decides not to comply with a request under subsection (1) or (2) must give the local authority which made the request written reasons for the decision.

(4)The persons are—

(a)a local authority in England;

(b)a local housing authority in England;

(c)the National Health Service Commissioning Board;

(d) any clinical commissioning group, Special Health Authority, NHS Foundation Trust, or NHS trust in England established under section 25 of the National Health Service Act 2006;

(e)any other persons—

(i)as regulations may specify, or

(ii)of a description as regulations may specify.

(5)The functions are—

(a)the local authority’s functions under section 14F of the Children Act 1989 (special guardianship support services);

(b)any of the local authority’s functions in relation to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children and young persons, in particular those with needs for care and support, and their families and others;

(c)any of the local authority’s functions in relation to looked-after and accommodated children;

(d)any of the local authority’s functions in relation to young persons entitled to support under sections 105 to 115.

(6)Regulations under subsection (4)(e) may not specify the following persons without consent of the Secretary of State—

(a)a Minister of the Crown, or

(b)the governor of a prison or secure training centre (or in the case of a contracted out prison or secure training centre, its director).

(7) In this section “local housing authority” (“ awdurdod tai lleol ”) means a local housing authority within the meaning of the Housing Act 1985.]

165Promoting integration of care and support with health services etcE+W

(1)A local authority must exercise its social services functions with a view to ensuring the integration of care and support provision with health provision and health-related provision where it considers that this would—

(a)promote the well-being of—

(i)children within the authority's area,

(ii)adults within the authority's area with needs for care and support, or

(iii)carers within the authority's area with needs for support,

(b)contribute to the prevention or delay of the development by children or adults within its area of needs for care and support or the development by carers within its area of needs for support, or

(c)improve the quality of care and support for children and adults, and of support for carers, provided in its area (including the outcomes that are achieved from such provision).

(2)Care and support provision” means—

(a)provision to meet the needs of children and adults for care and support, and

(b)provision to meet carers' needs for support.

(3)Health provision” means provision of health services as part of the health service.

(4)Health-related provision” means provision of services which may have an effect on the health of individuals but which are not—

(a)health services provided as part of the health service, or

(b)services provided in the exercise of social services functions.

(5)The “health service” means the health service continued under section 1(1) of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006.

Commencement Information

I4S. 165 in force at 6.4.2016 by S.I. 2016/412, art. 2 (with art. 4, Schs. 1, 2)

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