The County Council has a duty to take steps to secure, so far as reasonably practicable, sufficient accommodation within its area which meets the needs of children within its care. Sourcing stable placements which adequately meet the requirements of children with complex needs is a particular challenge, and this picture is reflected nationally.
The County Council has been working with other local authorities, as well as national associations representing providers of residential care, to identify potential solutions to these issues, the culmination of which will be the procurement of a new service, or services. The procurement will be conducted in partnership with other local authorities within the South East region, with the aim of developing new and innovative approaches to residential care provision for looked after children with complex needs, to better support sufficiency within the region.
The Cabinet Member for Children and Young People will be requested to approve the commencement of a procurement process for residential provision for looked after children with complex needs. The Cabinet Member will also be asked to delegate authority to the Director of Children, Young People and Learning to enter into a legal agreement with the other local authorities involved and award the contract.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;
Decision status: For Determination
Divisions affected: (All Divisions);
Notice of proposed decision first published: 18/11/2021
Decision due: June 2022 by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People
Lead member: Cabinet Member for Children and Young People
Contact: Thomas Strivens, Programme Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 033 022 22082.
Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, 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