Issue details

Family and Community Support Services - Award of Contract

The County Council has a statutory duty to provide a range of services to assist parents and carers of Children and Young People with disabilities and complex needs in ensuring appropriate and effective provision for the Child or Young Person in their care. Where these needs impact significantly on daily life, it can be necessary to commission specialist support and care provision. These services are currently commissioned through the Supported Living and Family Support Services Framework (SLFSSF); this Framework expired on 31st July 2021.


In February 2021 the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People approved the commencement of a procurement process to establish a new Framework Agreement for Family and Community Support for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) to replace the SLFSSF as the mechanism for sourcing these services, decision CYP02 (20/21) refers.  As part of the decision the Cabinet Member also delegated authority to the Executive Director Children, Young People and Learning to implement the Framework Agreement for the initial 4-year period and further extension periods as necessary.


A competitive procurement exercise has been undertaken in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 under the Light Touch Regime. The County Council is now in a position to award places on to the Framework to the successful Providers.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 14/05/2021

Decision due: August 2021 by Executive Director Children, Young People and Learning

Lead member: Lucy Butler, Director of Children, Young People and Learning

Lead director: Lucy Butler

Contact: Jacqui Parfitt, SEND Service and Market Development Manager Email: Tel: 033 022 29488.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Executive Director of Children, Young People and Learning, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553


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