Welsh regulators to merge
The Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales (CSIW) and the Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (SSIW) are to be bought together into a single Care and Social Services Inspectorate from April 2007. Welsh health and social services minister Dr Brian Gibbons said the aim was to streamline and improve regulation and inspection for care and social services across Wales. â€œThe care and social services support some of the most vulnerable people in society,â€ said Dr Gibbons. â€œWhether they be young or old, 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. â€œWork on integrating CSIW and SSIW has focused on enabling the new inspectorate to lift standards, widen best practice exchange and further improve the support on offer to those in need.â€ Dr Gibbons said the new organisation would make better use of the knowledge gained by inspectors to underpin service change and development nationally and locally.