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Dear Hartlepool 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

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FOI Responses, Hartlepool Council

Dear Niilesh,

 

Further to your request for information, I can advise as follows:-

 

Question Response
  We use the NE12 Framework and Tees
Valley framework for residential
1. Can you please explain your care homes, we spot purchase if we
commissioning processes for providers cannot find a placement via either
of accommodation and/or support in framework. We have 3 block
respect to looked after children in contracts for supported
residential care/looked after children accommodation.
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 NE12 is a rolling framework ran by
and/or block contracts for Newcastle opened monthly, Tees
accommodation and/or support in Valley is rolling framework ran by
respect tolooked after children in Darlington opened every 6 months.
residential care/looked after children In 2017 we re commissioned our
in semi-independent placements/care supported accommodation on 5 year
leavers/uasc, please specify when each contract with a 5 year extension
of these are due to be re-tendered. clause.

 
3. Do organisations need to go through NE12 and Tees Valley both have pre
a pre-registration process to registration and bid submission to
accommodate looked after children in get onto framework. To be used on a
residential care/looked after children spot purchase basis the home would
in semi-independent placements/care have to be ofsted registered and
leavers/uasc on a spot purchase basis? will be subject to LA quality check
procedures.
4. Do you have local authority run As the numbers are under 5 in each
provisions for looked after children of these categories we are unable
in residential care/looked after to supply this data.
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 For all elements the numbers are
after children in residential less than 5 looked after children
care/looked after children in in an individual settings,
semi-independent placements/care regardless of how it was purchased,
leavers/uasc accommodated currently therefore we are unable to supply
via: this data.

 

a. spot purchase

 

b. framework agreements

 

c. block contracts
  This number is less than 5
therefore we are unable to supply
6. How many care leavers/uasc aged this data
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 Framework cost is £2725 average
cost of placing a looked after child price is in region of £3000k
aged under 16 year in a private
residential children's home?
8. What is the 2017/18 average weekly Framework cost is £2725 average
cost of placing a care leavers/uasc price is in region of £3000k
child aged 16-17 in a private
residential children's home?
9. What is the 2017/18 average weekly Costs depend on the number of
cost of placing a care leavers/uasc children placed together so we not
child aged 16-17 in a 24/7 supervised have an average to work from an
semi-independent provision? estimate would be between £1200
£2000 per child per week. We also
try to place children in this type
of provision children are placed in
a provision which is a block
contract. As this is a block
contract we do not have a weekly
cost we can provide.
10. What is the 2017/18 average weekly We do not place in unsupervised
cost of placing a care leavers/uasc provision. We have a block contract
child aged 16-17 in an unsupervised of floating support which is used
semi-independent provision? Please to support young people in their
include the cost of floating support. own tenancy, however young people
Please advise if you do not place at this age are placed within
16-17 year olds in an unsupervised supported accommodation if
semi-independent provision. appropriate..
11. What is the 2017/18 average weekly We have some young people this
cost of placing a care leavers/uasc applies to as our block contract
aged 18-24 in a 24/7 supervised provision is 16-24. As this is a
semi-independent provision? Please block contract we do not have a
advise if you do not place 18-24 year weekly cost we can provide, the
olds in a supervised semi-independent contract is topped up by the young
provision. person claiming housing benefit.
12. What is the 2017/18 average weekly The young person would be
cost of placing care leavers/uasc responsible for claiming housing
18-24 year olds in an unsupervised benefit the LA uses its block
semi-independent provision? Please contract of floating support, this
include the cost of floating support. cannot be costed as it is bespoke
to the individual.
13. Who should be approached within Kelly Armstrong – Head of Service
the council to discuss spot purchase Childrens Commissioning
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 Kelly Armstrong – Head of Service
the council to discuss spot purchase Childrens Commissioning
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 Kelly Armstrong – Head of Service
the council to discuss spot purchase Childrens Commissioning
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 Kelly Armstrong – Head of Service
the council to discuss framework Childrens Commissioning
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 The frameworks used as the NE12 and
list of all of your current suppliers Tees Valley for childrens
signed up to framework residential care, both of which are
agreements/block purchase contracts in the public domain and have
for accommodating looked after hundreds of homes registered. Our
children in residential care/looked supported accommodation is offered
after children in semi-independent by Thirteen Group and Sanctuary
placements/care leavers/uasc?

 

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Kind regards

 

Jake Barras | Legal Assistant

Hartlepool Borough Council

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