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Dear Derbyshire County 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

Access 2 Info (Commissioning Communities and Policy), Derbyshire County Council

Dear Nilesh,

I write to acknowledge receipt of your request for information received on the 26 March 2018.

We will be processing your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In accordance with the legislation, the deadline for responding is 20 working days from the receipt of the request, this being 24 April 2018. However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and if possible before this date.

Yours Sincerely,

Justin Hird
Legal Assistant
For John McElvaney
Director of Legal Services
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
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CS DP and FOI (Childrens Services), Derbyshire County Council

 

Dear Nilesh Bhalani

 

 

Thank you for your information request dated by 24^th March 2018. I can
confirm that we do hold the requested information. The request has been
considered under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The response to
your request is as follows:

 

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 placements are mainly secured from East Midlands
Children’s Provider Framework.

-Semi Independent placements secured from Derbyshire SAFE Accommodation
(Block Contract) or Leaving Care Accommodation Contract

-UASC placements may be accommodated in SAFE Accommodation, spot purchase,
Internal Fostering or Independent Fostering placement secured from the
East Midlands Children’s Provider Framework

 

 

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.

-East Midlands Regional Childrens Framework (Residential & Fostering
Care)  01 February 2020

-SAFE 30 September 2018 (end date)

-Leaving Care Accommodation Contract 30 September  2018 (end date)

-Care Leavers Support Service 30 June 2019

 

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?

Ofsted information is considered if regulated and placement visits are
undertaken with reference from other Local Authorities’.

 

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?

Derbyshire Local Authority have 34 beds for Residential care.

 

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

 

Residential                                          23

Semi Independent Care leavers         7

Semi Independent Children in Care   11

UASC
                                                 0                            

 

b.         framework agreements

 

Residential                                        40

Semi Independent / Care Leaver    N/A

UASC                                               N/A

 

c.         block contracts

 

Residential -                                          0

Semi Independent Children in Care    31

Semi Independent Care Leaver          32

Semi Independent UASC                   10

 

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?

= 34   (please note this figure includes both UASC and Children in Care.
We have applied this exemption under S40 of the Freedom Of Information Act
as it contains a small statistical data set from which an individual could
be identified)

 

 

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?

=£3000

 

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?

=£3000

 

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?

=£770

 

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.

=£390

 

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.

=£770 less relevant housing benefit deduction for eligible yp’s over 18

 

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.

=£135 (floating support cost only as rent covered by housing benefit for
over 18’s)

 

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?

[1][email address]   [2][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?

[3][email address]   
[4][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?

[5][email address]   
[6][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?

[7][email address]  [8][email address]   
[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?

Framework=         EMRCF Residential Care providers are attached in the
spreadsheet, ‘Copy of Current providers under the Framework’.

 

            Block Contracts=  Adullam Housing, Framework Housing, Trident
Reach, Homegroup

 

 

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Derbyshire County Council

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Kind Regards

 

Amy Vickers

 

 

^Amy Vickers ^ | Management Information Officer | SAR / FOI Team |
Information and ICT | Children’s Services | Derbyshire County Council |
County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3AG | Tel: 01629 56470 / 531226 /
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