The SSIA was officially launched during the Social Services Summit during March 2006.
It was set up to support local authorities increase the pace of improvement and promote excellence within social services. Hosted by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) the Agency is a partnership enterprise between the Association, ADSS Cymru and the Welsh Assembly Government. The Agency comprises a central team based in Cardiff, along with improvement managers, focused on Social Services improvement across Wales. The work of the SSIA, funded by a Welsh Assembly Government Improvement Fund, has a strong emphasis on:
The Agency is one of a number in Wales that promote and support improvement in social care. We are working closely with a range of partners, including the WLGA, National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (NLIAH), Care Council Wales, Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSiW) and Social Care Institute for Excellence's (SCIE), to ensure that our programmes fit with each other and together provide the support that is needed. However, for local authorities in Wales the SSIA provides a 'first port of call' for advice and support on performance improvement.