(This note is not part of the Regulations)
These Regulations make two amendments to the Adult Placement Schemes (Wales) Regulations 2004 (“Principal Regulations”).
Firstly, the definition of “adult placement scheme” is amended to increase from two to three the maximum number of adults who may be placed with an adult placement carer under an adult placement scheme.
Secondly, the definition of “relative” in relation to an adult placed under the scheme is amended to remove a former foster carer with whom they were accommodated. The effect of this amendment is to bring placements with former foster carers within the scope of adult placement schemes.
These Regulations also amend the Care Homes (Wales) Regulations 2002 by omitting regulations 46 and 47. The effect of this amendment is that small care homes where the provider is an “adult placement carer” (as defined in regulation 46 of the 2002 Regulations) will no longer be subject to the “lighter touch” regulatory regime (as described in regulation 47 of the 2002 Regulations) and will be subject to the same regulations as other care homes, unless they are excepted from registration by bringing themselves within the scope of the Principal Regulations.