Issue details

Procurement of a Framework for Therapeutic Services for Children and Young People

Arising from the Council’s statutory obligations under The Children Act 1989, the Council provides therapeutic assessments and therapeutic interventions for children and young people. This includes the provision of therapies from different disciplines for example psychotherapy, occupational therapy and play therapy.

 

Currently this need is predominately for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, receiving Social Care support, or in the Council’s Care.

 

Whilst the County Council and the NHS provide some of these services, the demand is such that a significant amount of provision has to be purchased from the external market and evaluation shows this is a trend expected to continue. In order to meet this demand, it is proposed to set up a Framework to enable the efficient and compliant sourcing of therapeutic services from qualified suppliers.

 

The Framework will have no actual contract value as it makes no guarantee of business for any provider, however the spend on provision of these therapeutic services in 2020/2021 was approximately £500,000.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 18/11/2021

Decision due: February 2022 by Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Lead member: Councillor Jacquie Russell jacquie.russell@westsussex.gov.uk

Contact: Daniel Ruaux, Assistant Director (Corporate Parenting) Email: daniel.ruaux@westsussex.gov.uk Tel: 033 022 22695.

Consultation process

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.

Consultees

Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills

Finance

Legal

Procurement

Democratic Services Contact: Wendy Saunders Tel: 033 022 22553

Decisions

Background papers

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