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Dear Hull City 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,

nilesh bhalani

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Dear Mr Bhalani

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request - 000600/18

 

With regard to your Freedom of Information request received on 23 March
2018, please find our response below.

 

 

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?

 

Residential care –

We use in-house provision as our first option, and then procure from the
approved providers on the White Rose regional commissioning framework or
spot purchase if no suitable placement is available on this framework.

 

Semi-independent placements / care leavers / UASC* –

We use in-house supported lodgings, have a block contract with a local
provider for a further 12 supported lodgings placements and 8 x supported
accommodation, and procure some placements for complex young people via
the White Rose regional 16 plus framework.  Our last option is to spot
purchase beyond this list of approved providers.

* UASC could be in any of the above or foster placements depending on
their age / needs.

 

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.

 

Details of the White Rose Frameworks and re-tenders are available on
Yortender.

 

The 16 plus / Leaving care ends on 18 December 2018 and is not due to be
re-tendered; Hull City Council will be developing its own commissioning
arrangement for this age group which is in the early stages of
development.

 

The WRF (Residential) contract is up to 17 August 2018 + the option to
extend for 1 x 12-months extension. 

The WRF (Fostering / supported lodgings) is up to 31 March 2021 + the
option to extend for 1x12-months. 

 

The Hull City Council block contract for supported lodgings is due to end
in August 18 and we will then procure supported lodgings via the White
Rose Fostering and Supported Lodgings Framework.

 

The local supported accommodation block contract is expected to be
extended in August 18 pending the development of Hull City Council’s wider
commissioning arrangement for 16 plus accommodation and support.

 

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 utilise Ofsted’s lists of registered children’s homes and IFAs and
these providers are therefore already approved by Ofsted.  If the provider
is unregulated then they will have either gone through an
accreditation/approval process to be on the White Rose contract or via the
local block contract.  In the event of spot purchase we undertake a series
of checks before use.

 

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?

 

48 young people in total in Supported Lodgings – this does not include
Staying Put figures supported by Fostering Social Worker.

 

UASC – 17

LAC children – 18

Care Leavers – 30

 

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

 

With regards to a and b, this varies on a daily and weekly basis.  We
currently have 38 agency residential placements (approximately 50% are
with White Rose approved providers and 50% spot purchased) and 11 x 16
plus placements procured from external agencies (11 of which are White
Rose approved provisions).

 

With regards to c, our block contract provides 8 supported accommodation
places and 12 supported lodgings places.

 

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?

 

Care leavers are not 16-17 years old but 18 years old therefore we are
unable to answer this question as requested. 

 

We do not currently have any UASC aged 16-17 years old 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?

 

£3,703.

 

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?

 

£3,570.

 

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?

 

£333.

 

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.

 

£287 – not including floating support costs.  We do have some floating
support services but these are for young people aged 16-25 years both care
leavers and non-care leavers, so it is not possible to extrapolate the
costs for different cohorts within this.

 

Please advise if you do not place 16-17 year olds in an unsupervised
semi-independent provision.

 

This would only occur in very exceptional circumstances i.e. emergency
accommodation in hostel.

 

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.

 

£333 per week less Housing Benefit.

 

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.

 

£287 per week less Housing Benefit (floating support costs not included as
per answer at 10 above).

 

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?

 

In accordance with Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act, the
Council is required to inform you that some of the information you have
requested for questions 13 to 16 has not been provided and has been
withheld due to the following exemption under the Act.

 

Section 40 – Personal Information

It is considered that this exemption under Section 40(2) of the Act
applies, namely that some of the information is personal information and
all personal details are protected under the Data Protection Act 1998
legislation.  The Council cannot disclose personal information where to do
so would breach any of the data protection principles.

 

In this case, we consider that to release the names of more junior staff
members cannot be justified and consent would not be given therefore
disclosure would breach the rights of these individuals under the Act.  We
have however given their job titles below.

 

Commissioning Manager.

 

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?

 

Commissioning Manager (regarding commissioned placements).

Leaving Care Team Manager (regarding supporting care leavers).

Group Manager (regarding UASC under 18 years).

 

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?

 

Commissioning Manager (regarding commissioned placements).

Leaving Care Team Manager (regarding supporting care leavers/UASC over 18
years).

 

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?

 

Commissioning Manager.

 

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?

 

The provider for our block purchase contract for supported lodgings and
supported accommodation is Humbercare.

 

The rest of our providers’ details are available via the White Rose
contracts (managed by Leeds City Council) which can be accessed on
Yortender or on the national Ofsted website which lists all regulated
children’s homes.

 

The providers whom we use on a spot purchase basis could be any regulated
or non-regulated provision, depending on need and match, within the UK, as
the demand varies constantly.

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

Information Governance

Town Clerk's Service

Hull City Council

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