Issue details

Award of block contract accommodation services for young people aged 16+

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 lucy.butler@westsussex.gov.uk

Lead director: Lucy Butler

Contact: Shelly Dichello, Children's Contracts and Commissioning Manager Email: shelly.dichello@westsussex.gov.uk Tel: 033 022 24131.

Consultation process

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.

Consultees

Finance

Legal

Procurement

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

Decisions

Background papers