Common questions

What does the Welsh language Measure do?

What does the Welsh language Measure do?

The Measure makes provision for the development of standards of conduct relating to the Welsh language which will gradually replace the existing system of Welsh language schemes provided for by the Welsh Language Act 1993 (the 1993 Act).

What are Welsh language standards?

The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 is the legislation that created the Welsh language standards. Welsh language standards promote and facilitate the Welsh language, and ensure that the Welsh language is not treated less favourably than the English language in Wales.

What legislation supports the use of the Welsh language?

The Welsh Language Act 1993
The Welsh Language Act 1993, is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which put the Welsh language on an equal footing with the English language in Wales. The Laws in Wales Acts 1535–1542 had made English the only language of public administration in Wales.

Why is it important to Recognise and support the Welsh language and culture in health and social care?

It is important for people working in health, social services and social care to recognise that many people can only communicate their care needs effectively through the medium of Welsh. Many people can only communicate and participate in their care as equal partners effectively through the medium of Welsh.

Who does the Welsh language measure apply to?

The legislation enables people to live their lives through the medium of Welsh, if they choose to do so. Both languages must be treated equally and the phrase “the Welsh language must not be treated less favourably than the English language” needs to be adhered to at all times.

What is the main purpose of the Welsh language Standards 2018?

The Welsh Language Standards (No. 7) Regulations 2018 The regulations specify service delivery standards, intended to promote or facilitate the use of the Welsh language, or to work towards ensuring that the Welsh language is treated no less favourably than the English language.

Who has to comply with Welsh language standards?

Welsh Language Standards

Standard Theme Who It Applies To
Service Delivery Standards Students, applicants and members of the public in order to promote or facilitate the use of the Welsh language, and ensure they are not treated less favourably.
Operational Standards USW Staff – addresses how we work on a day-to-day basis.

How do Welsh language skills help in the workplace?

A Welsh Language Skills Plan will help you manage and use staff members’ language skills. It involves the following simple steps: Deciding which language skills are needed for your workforce, for specific teams and jobs. Assessing and recording your staff’s language skills.

Why is it important that services are provided using Welsh language?

Actively offering Welsh language services ensures that people’s needs are understood and met and that those who access care services can rely on being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. To not actively offer Welsh language services may result in people’s dignity and respect being compromised.

Why is the Welsh language important?

The Welsh language is a key part of the region’s culture and identity, being the primary language spoken in some of our communities, as well as having a significant presence in many workplaces, learning institutions, and around our town and village streets.

What is the Welsh medium education strategy?

Another focus of the Welsh-medium Education Strategy was to support learners from all linguistic backgrounds to develop their Welsh language skills. Welsh-medium schools generally deliver the majority of the curriculum through the medium of Welsh, and learners are immersed in the language from an early age.

Why is active offer important?

What are the benefits of the ‘Active Offer’? Users of services feel more comfortable discussing personal and emotional matters in their first language. Making an ‘Active Offer’ will help to ensure a quality service that meets the user’s needs. Language is at the heart of effective assessment and safe care.

What did the Welsh Language Measure 2011 do?

The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 (the Measure) modernised the existing legal framework regarding the use of the Welsh language in the delivery of public services. It includes provision about the official status of the Welsh language and establishes the office of the Welsh Language Commissioner which replaced the Welsh Language Board.

What is the mental health measure in Wales?

A GUIDE FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE USERS AND THEIR FAMILIES The Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 is a new law passed by the National Assembly for Wales and, as such, has the same legal status in Wales as other Mental Health Acts.

Is the Welsh language an official language in Wales?

The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 makes Welsh an official language in Wales. This means it must be treated no less favourably than English. The Welsh Language Standards are a set of legally binding requirements which apply to Welsh Government, including Cadw — the Welsh Government Historic Environment Service. To learn more, click here.

When does a body have to comply with Welsh Language Act?

Where a body has a Welsh Language Scheme under the 1993 Act in place, it must continue to comply with that scheme until the date specified in the Commissioner’s compliance notice for the standards. The Commissioner has powers of investigation and enforcement of breach of standards.

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