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The Care Act 2014 and the voluntary sector working in criminal justice

April 2015

The Care Act 2014 aims to achieve clearer, fairer care and support; wellbeing – physical, mental and emotional – of both the person needing care and their carer; prevention and delay of the need for care and support.

Clinks have released a briefing, written in partnership with ACEVO, explaining the Care Act 2014 and its relevance to voluntary sector organisations working with people in prison custody who are resettled back into local communities. It lays out the background to the act, the changes that impact on people in the Criminal Justice System (CJS), and the changes that are relevant to operational staff, and strategic leads, in voluntary sector organisations.

Section 76 of the Act makes it applicable to prisoners, setting out the responsibilities of local authorities to provide care and support for adult prisoners, and those residing in approved premises such as bail accommodation. Where prisoners have eligible needs the local authority is responsible for providing services.

Click here to read the briefing.

You can also get read more detailed information on the implementation of the Care Act 2014 and the changes made to NOMS Service Specifications to capture NOMS responsibilities resulting from the new requirements here PSI 15/2015 Adult Social Care.


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