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Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 modernises the law so that people’s wellbeing is at the heart of the care and support system. It will be supported by statutory and practice guidance. Duties under the Care Act came into effect in April 2015.

The modernisation of care legislation will in time change practice, attitudes, and terminology. This guide includes terminology currently used by the various sectors involved in safeguarding adults, so that people can find and understand the information they need. Following the implementation of the Care Act, we will update the guide to reflect new and shared language.