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Dear West Berkshire 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,

neilesh

foi, West Berkshire Council

FOI/2018/352

 

Dear Mr Neilesh

 

Request for information: Looked After Children

 

Thank you for your request received on 24 March 2018; we will seek to
respond within twenty working days.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Rachel Craggs

Principal Policy Officer (Information Management)

Strategic Support, West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street,
Newbury RG14 5LD

(01635) 519441  |  Ext 2441  |  [email address]

www.westberks.gov.uk

 

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foi, West Berkshire Council

FOI/2018/352

 

Dear Mr Neilesh

 

Request for information: Looked After Children

 

Please see below the Council’s response to your request for information.

 

You have asked;

 

 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?  

 

We have a variety of arrangements including

o spot purchase,
o 2 Frameworks  - the  South Central  Independent Fostering Agencies
Regional Commissioning Framework and the Local Authorities of the
Southern Region Framework goes live in August
o Contracts

 

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.

 

We are currently out to tender on a Children’s residential framework, (for
many authorises in the South). We expect to go live on the 1^st August
2018 on a 3+3 year contract.

 

We also have an IFA (independent fostering agency) framework, The current
framework runs to April 2021

 

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?

Social Workers preference is to place with those who are Ofsted registered
– good or above.  Some crisis provision are not Ofsted registered but most
providers we work with are.

 

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?

 

We have a short breaks residential unit for children with a disability   

 

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  -  

 

  [1]Mar-18
Private
Provision -
IFA 16
Residential -
not subj to
Children's
Home Regs 11
Homes/Hostels
subj to
Children's
Home Regs 7
Independent
Living 12
Other 1

 

b.    framework agreements  

24    FA

 

c.     block contracts

19 supported, lodgings, Hostel (Step by Step = 17 + 2 expected this week =
19,

 

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?
 

0

 

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?

£3,600 per week

 

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?

£4,400 per week

 

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? Key 2

£670 per week

 

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.

Cannot differentiate by age for this placement as it is paid through a
contract.  Contract for 19 supported lodging beds with Step by Step is
£197,019, plus £120 per week rent for each child which is only payable if
they are not on housing benefits therefore, we estimate £320 per week

 

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.

£670 per week

 

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.

See question 10.

 

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?

 

Mary-Anne Cosgrove, Service Manager, Children and Family’s services.
[2][email address]

 

Robert Bradfield, Service Manager, Commissioning.
[3][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?

 

Mary-Anne Cosgrove, Service Manager, Children and Family’s services.
[4][email address]

 

Robert Bradfield, Service Manager, Commissioning.
[5][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?

Mary-Anne Cosgrove, Service Manager, Children and Family’s services.
[6][email address]

 

Robert Bradfield, Service Manager, Commissioning.
[7][email address]

 

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?

 

Mary-Anne Cosgrove, Service Manager, Children and Family’s services.
[8][email address]

 

Robert Bradfield, Service Manager, Commissioning.
[9][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?

 

Block purchase arrangements  : Step By Step,  TwoSaints   and  A2 Dominion

 

Framework work agreement details available on line  :

 

o [10]https://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/childrene...

 

o The OJEU Contract Notice for the Framework Agreement was sent for
publication on the 28^th February 2018 and the Invitation to Tender
documents are now available on the Curtis Fitch Portal at
[11]https://supplysouthampton.esourcingporta...

 

Further details are included in the OJEU Contract Notice 2018/S
041-089987, and Government Contracts Finder at
[12]https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder this includes the details of the
Local Authorities included in the Consortia.

 

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled, you may ask
for an internal review. You should contact The FoI Reviewing Officer,
Strategic Support, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD, email
FoI[13]@westberks.gov.uk  if you wish to request a review. If you are not
content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to
apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF

 

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Suzi Kenchington 

Information Access Compliance Officer

Strategic Support,

West Berkshire Council, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury, RG14 5LD

email:  [14][email address]

01635 519860 (external)  2860 (internal)      

 

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