The County Council commissions a range of different accommodation options as part of preparing the children who we care for and care leavers aged 16 years and over for living independently. Accommodation is also provided for other eligible 16+ children who we care for and care leavers, such as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
A new Framework Agreement has recently been established to enable the County Council to purchase accommodation services for looked after young people aged 16+ and care leavers (decision OKD13 (21/22) refers). Under the terms of the Framework Agreement a mini-competition process has been undertaken to award a number of block contracts to provide local accommodation for children who we care for and care leavers.
Block contracts provide the Council with whole services of supported accommodation for children who we care for and care leavers. Increasing the number of young people in these arrangements reduces the need to commission individual spot purchase placements and offers better value for money.
The Council is now in a position to award the block contracts to successful providers.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Divisions affected: (All Divisions);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 11/10/2021
Decision due: December 2021 by Executive Director Children, Young People and Learning
Lead member: Lucy Butler, Executive Director Children, Young People and Learning email@example.com
Lead director: Lucy Butler
Contact: Shelly Dichello, Children's Contracts and Commissioning Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 033 022 24131.
Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Executive Director 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