(HSSC) Department of Health, Social Services and Children

Gwenda Thomas AM


(May 2013 Present)

Gwenda Thomas AM


(2006- 2013)

The Deputy Minister for Social Services in Wales


  • Policy on care in the community;
  • Policy on the provision of social services for children and its oversight;
  • Adoption and fostering services in Wales, but not adoption of children by UK residents abroad;
  • Oversight of all other social services activities of local authorities in Wales including the issuing of statutory guidance;
  • Oversight of the Care Council for Wales (which is an Welsh Government Sponsored Body (WGSB));
  • Regulation of residential, domiciliary, adult placements, foster care, under 8`s care provision and private healthcare in Wales;
  • Receiving and responding to reports from, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales; directing specific inspections when required;
  • Inspection of, and reporting on, the provision of social services by local authorities in Wales (via the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales), including joint reviews of social services;
  • Cross cutting responsibility for health improvement and older people and carers;
  • The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales; and
  • Complaints, representations and advocacy under 1989 Children Act in relation to Social Services;
  • Information sharing under the Children Act 2004; and
  • The Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS), including Supervised Child Contact Centres.
Lead Ministers retain responsibility for those functions allocated to Deputy Ministers for the purposes of representing those issues in Cabinet.  For all other purposes, Deputy Ministers deliver those responsibilities on a day to day basis including answering AQs.

Department of Health, Social Services and Children Ministers

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