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Albert Heaney CBE

Albert Heaney CBE is the Chief Social Care Officer for Wales.

His responsibilities include:

  • acting as a strong voice for everyone working in the social care sector and providing impartial and informed advice to Welsh Ministers on priorities for change
  • providing national leadership and promoting esteem for all those in social care roles
  • driving integration between health and social care
  • enabling people in receipt of social care to achieve their personal outcomes
  • reducing the numbers of children needing to be taken into care
  • supporting innovative and social value models of service delivery
  • developing new social care funding models 
  • promoting improvement and reform in social care
  • supporting the wellbeing and development of the social care workforce
  • supporting local authorities and providers and improving quality and sustainability in social care 
  • delivering the intentions of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 and the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Act 2016
  • co chairing the Welsh Language in Health and Social Services Partnership Board
  • driving safeguarding arrangements and procedures to ensure the highest standard of practice

Albert has worked in Public Services since the 1980s. His past roles have included:

  • President of the Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru (ADSS Cymru)
  • Lead Director for Children and Lead Director for Safeguarding and Prevention, ADSS Cymru
  • Chair of a Children’s Safeguarding Board
  • Corporate Director Social Services, leading on Children’s and Adults Services

He is a member of the Family Justice Board and Chair of the Family Justice Network Wales.