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Commissioning of services for Children’s Services

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Dear East Ayrshire Council,

Please can you provide the current/latest organisational structure for Children’s Services and Early Years teams – including the names and job titles of all senior management and strategic heads of departments, budget holders for training, and development across Children’s Services, along with contact numbers and email addresses.

Please can you provide details of the personal assistant for their senior management team.
Please can you provide a list of external suppliers involved with Children’s Services, including preferred outsources.

Also, could you please provide the names, job titles, contact numbers, and email addresses of those who are responsible for the commissioning of services for Children’s Services such as Children’s Homes, Leaving Care, Fostering, and Youth Offending – including any Councillors who sit on any children-related committees.

Yours faithfully,

C Leach

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Phelps, Donna, East Ayrshire Council

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Dear C Leach

Request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

I refer to your correspondence dated 6th September 2019 requesting information in relation to Children's Services.

The Council is treating your request as a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and can respond as follows:

Please find attached structure chart for Children and Families Services.

Regarding the request for a list of external suppliers: We use suppliers that are registered with the Scotland Excel framework which is a national procurement framework and includes Children’s Residential, Education and Short Breaks provision as well as Secure Care placements. We would not normally use a service which is not on the Framework, but in some, rare instances we have had to. We currently utilise one external provider not on the Framework (although they intend on joining it next month when registration reopens) - Clear View Care - for one child due to specific circumstances.

Regarding the request for information on child related committees. We do not have a standalone Children's Committee. We have a Child Protection Committee (officers only). There is a Children and Young Peoples Cabinet with the following Councillors sitting:

Councillors Neil McGhee, John MacFadzean and Depute Provost Claire Leitch.

I trust this information has been of assistance to you and I have attached a leaflet to confirm your rights.

Kind regards

Donna Phelps
Freedom of Information Team
East Ayrshire Council
Council Headquarters
London Road
Kilmarnock
KA3 7BU

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