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niilesh bhalanee

Dear Halton Borough Council,

1. Can you please explain your commissioning processes for providers of accommodation and/or support in respect to looked after children in residential care/looked after children in semi-independent placements/care leavers/uasc. Do you spot purchase, have framework agreements or have block contracts in each of these categories?

2. If you have framework agreements and/or block contracts for accommodation and/or support in respect tolooked after children in residential care/looked after children in semi-independent placements/care leavers/uasc, please specify when each of these are due to be re-tendered.

3. Do organisations need to go through a pre-registration process to accommodate looked after children in residential care/looked after children in semi-independent placements/care leavers/uasc on a spot purchase basis?

4. Do you have local authority run provisions for looked after children in residential care/looked after children in semi-independent placements/care leavers/uasc? If so, how many of each category are currently accommodated in these facilities?

5. Please specify the number of looked after children in residential care/looked after children in semi-independent placements/care leavers/uasc accommodated currently via:

a. spot purchase

b. framework agreements

c. block contracts

6. How many care leavers/uasc aged 16-17 years old and specified in the answer to question 4 are are accommodated in residential children's homes?

7. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing a looked after child aged under 16 year in a private residential children's home?

8. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing a care leavers/uasc child aged 16-17 in a private residential children's home?

9. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing a care leavers/uasc child aged 16-17 in a 24/7 supervised semi-independent provision?

10. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing a care leavers/uasc child aged 16-17 in an unsupervised semi-independent provision? Please include the cost of floating support. Please advise if you do not place 16-17 year olds in an unsupervised semi-independent provision.

11. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing a care leavers/uasc aged 18-24 in a 24/7 supervised semi-independent provision? Please advise if you do not place 18-24 year olds in a supervised semi-independent provision.

12. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing care leavers/uasc 18-24 year olds in an unsupervised semi-independent provision? Please include the cost of floating support.

13. Who should be approached within the council to discuss spot purchase commissioning, service provision, rates and referrals for accommodating looked after children in residential children's homes? Who is the specific named point of contact?

14. Who should be approached within the council to discuss spot purchase commissioning, service provision, rates and referrals for accommodating and/or supporting care leavers/uasc aged 16-17 years old? Who is the specific named point of contact?

15. Who should be approached within the council to discuss spot purchase commissioning, service provision, rates and referrals for accommodating and/or supporting care leavers/uasc aged 18-24 years old? Who is the specific named point of contact?

16. Who should be approached within the council to discuss framework agreement/block purchase commissioning for accommodating looked after children in residential care/looked after children in semi-independent placements/care leavers/uasc? Who is the specific named point of contact?

17. Please can you provide me with a list of all of your current suppliers signed up to framework agreements/block purchase contracts for accommodating looked after children in residential care/looked after children in semi-independent placements/care leavers/uasc?

Yours faithfully,

niilesh bhalanee

Amanda Amesbury, Halton Borough Council

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Dear Niilesh Bhalanee

 

I write in response to your Freedom of Information request, dated
23.03.2018.

 

I can advise as follows to each of your requests;

 

 

1. Can you please explain your commissioning processes for providers of
accommodation and/or support in respect to looked after children in
residential care/looked after children in semi-independent placements/care
leavers/uasc. Do you spot purchase, have framework agreements or have
block contracts in each of these categories?

 

Halton Borough Council are part of the North West regional frameworks for
Residential and Leaving Care services including UASC
2. If you have framework agreements and/or block contracts for
accommodation and/or support in respect to looked after children in
residential care/looked after children in semi-independent placements/care
leavers/uasc, please specify when each of these are due to be re-tendered.

 

Both the frameworks (Flexible Purchasing Systems)are of 10 year duration -
the Residential one started in February 2018 and the Leaving Care started
in April 2015 - providers are able to submit a request to join at any
point with submissions evaluated on 6 monthly timeframe.

3. Do organisations need to go through a pre-registration process to
accommodate looked after children in residential care/looked after
children in semi-independent placements/care leavers/uasc on a spot
purchase basis?

 

We use the regional framework for commissioning. Infrequently we do use
"off contract" providers however they are all expected to join the
regional processes . As an interim measure we would undertake quality
assurance with any "off contract" providers we are looking to use  . We do
not operate a pre-registration process
4. Do you have local authority run provisions for looked after children in
residential care/looked after children in semi-independent placements/care
leavers/uasc? If so, how many of each category are currently accommodated
in these facilities?

 

No

5. Please specify the number of looked after children in residential
care/looked after children in semi-independent placements/care
leavers/uasc accommodated currently via:

a. spot purchase

 

4

 

 

b. framework agreements

 

37

c. block contracts

 

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6. How many care leavers/uasc aged 16-17 years old and specified in the
answer to question 4 are accommodated in residential children's homes?

 

13

7. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing a looked after child
aged under 16 year in a private residential children's home?

 

£2678

8. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing a care leavers/uasc
child aged 16-17 in a private residential children's home?

 

£2487

9. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing a care leavers/uasc
child aged 16-17 in a 24/7 supervised semi-independent provision?

 

Depends on type of service - multi unit £1200, single placement £2500

10. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing a care leavers/uasc
child aged 16-17 in an unsupervised semi-independent provision? Please
include the cost of floating support. Please advise if you do not place
16-17 year olds in an unsupervised semi-independent provision.

 

We do not place in totally unsupervised settings unless this was a
property only agreement

11. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing a care leavers/uasc
aged 18-24 in a 24/7 supervised semi-independent provision? Please advise
if you do not place 18-24 year olds in a supervised semi-independent
provision.

 

We do not place 18-24yr olds in supervised semi-independent settings
12. What is the 2017/18 average weekly cost of placing care leavers/uasc
18-24 year olds in an unsupervised semi-independent provision? Please
include the cost of floating support.

 

We do not place in totally unsupervised settings unless this was a
property only agreement

 

 

13. Who should be approached within the council to discuss spot purchase
commissioning, service provision, rates and referrals for accommodating
looked after children in residential children's homes? Who is the specific
named point of contact?

 

Sam Murtagh Commissioning Manager [1][email address]

14. Who should be approached within the council to discuss spot purchase
commissioning, service provision, rates and referrals for accommodating
and/or supporting care leavers/uasc aged 16-17 years old? Who is the
specific named point of contact?

 

Sam Murtagh Commissioning Manager [2][email address]

15. Who should be approached within the council to discuss spot purchase
commissioning, service provision, rates and referrals for accommodating
and/or supporting care leavers/uasc aged 18-24 years old? Who is the
specific named point of contact?

 

We do not have a named point of contact, as detailed earlier we utilise
the North West Regional Framework for commissioning.
16. Who should be approached within the council to discuss framework
agreement/block purchase commissioning for accommodating looked after
children in residential care/looked after children in semi-independent
placements/care leavers/uasc? Who is the specific named point of contact?

 

Sam Murtagh Commissioning Manager [3][email address]

17. Please can you provide me with a list of all of your current suppliers
signed up to framework agreements/block purchase contracts for
accommodating looked after children in residential care/looked after
children in semi-independent placements/care leavers/uasc?

 

This information would need to come from STAR procurement as they are the
legal body that procured the flexible purchasing system / framework

[4]https://www.star-procurement.gov.uk/star...

 

 

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Amanda Amesbury

Divisional Manager

Children in Care and Care Leavers

3^rd Floor Rutland House

Shopping City

Runcorn

WA7 2GW

T: 0151 511 6504

Ext: 6504

M: 07771805124

 

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