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Dear Bournemouth 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

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Dear Mr Bhalanee

 

Further to your request for information received on 22nd March 2018,
please see below provided by Bournemouth Borough Council.

 

RESPONSE:

 

Question LAC in residential LAC in semi-Ind Care leavers UASC
care placements
1 Framework as of Framework as of Spot purchase Spot purchase
September 2018 September 2018
2 September 2022 September 2022 N/A N/A
3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
4 None None None None

 

5. As of 9^th April 2018 – 51

 

6. None

 

7. Snapshot average as of the end of the financial year 2017/18 = £3897
per week (this included Specialist Education Residential)

 

8. We have not placed Care Leavers or UASC children in Private Residential
Childrens Homes. 

 

9. We have not placed 16-17 year old care leavers in Supervised
Semi-independent provision.  USAC £318 per week

 

10. Cost limit exemption

11. Cost limit exemption

12. Cost limit exemption

The Freedom of Information (Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004
specifies an “appropriate limit” for the amount of time spent locating,
retrieving and extracting the information requested.

The appropriate limit currently specified by the Regulations for local
authorities is £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person
spending two and a half working days in locating, retrieving and
extracting the information requested. We estimate that there are 135 care
leavers and 22 UASC in 2017.

157 Care leavers & UASC x 15 minutes to locate and retrieve the data
requested = 2355 minutes divided by 60 = 39 hours to locate the data
requested.

We are unable to assist you with question 10-12 as our data is not held in
a manner that could provide details within the 18 hours cost limit. It
would require us to manually access records and therefore cannot be
produced within timescales as specified under the Act.

 

13. Simon Bower – Access to Resources Team Commissioning Manager

14. Simon Bower – Access to Resources Team Commissioning Manager

15. Simon Bower – Access to Resources Team Commissioning Manager

16. Simon Bower – Access to Resources Team Commissioning Manager

17. We do not currently have any framework agreements or block purchase
contracts in place for these children, so no supplier details are
available.

 

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