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Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

We are a provider of high quality accommodation and support for semi-independent living for Care Leavers 16+ based in Liverpool and have a few questions:

1) Who specifically can we contact to gain access to the portal/tender?
2) Once all mandatory documents have been uploaded and verified on your portal, how long is it before a new provider starts getting referrals?
3) Can you advise on the councils required property standards for up to 3 different tenants/occupants 16+?
4) Does the Local authority/ Childrens Trust carry out an inspection of the property before placements commence?
5) How many young people 16+ have been placed with private providers in the local authority since beginning of 2019?
5) Do you hold provider meetings? If so how can one arrange to attend one of these?
7) How often does the local authority/childrens' trust make payments to providers for services provided?
8) What is the average weekly payment amount to semi independent living providers for 16+?
9) Please supply list of standard policies & procedures the Local authority/Childrens' Trust expect from providers?
10) Apart from the placements portal, is there any other way of getting care leaver placements?

Thanks in advance,

Lewis Jones

Dalton, Chelsea, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Jones,

 

Thank you for your recent FOI submitted under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. Please see response below:

 

1) Who specifically can we contact to gain access to the portal/tender? 
Placements North West [1]www.placementsnorthwest.org.uk or The Chest
[2]https://www.the-chest.org.uk/

 

2) Once all mandatory documents have been uploaded and verified on your
portal, how long is it before a new provider starts getting referrals? See
3) below

3) Can you advise on the councils required property standards for up to 3
different tenants/occupants 16+?

All providers have to comply with NorthWest minimum standard checks to get
onto the framework, you would receive referrals from local authorities
once on framework

 

4) Does the Local authority/ Childrens Trust carry out an inspection of
the property before placements commence? Yes

 

5) How many young people 16+ have been placed with private providers in
the local authority since beginning of 2019? 16 young people have been
placed in semi-independent living placements provided by private providers
(9 placement in borough, 7 placements outside of borough).

 

5) Do you hold provider meetings? If so how can one arrange to attend one
of these?  Yes.  Once on framework providers are invited to attend.

 

7) How often does the local authority/childrens' trust make payments to
providers for services provided? Payments will be made monthly in arrears.

 

8) What is the average weekly payment amount to semi independent living
providers for 16+?  £1,136.82

 

9) Please supply list of standard policies & procedures the Local
authority/Childrens' Trust expect from providers?  Contact Placements
North West for specifications.

 

10) Apart from the placements portal, is there any other way of getting
care leaver placements?  See 1)

 

I trust this satisfies your request.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Chelsea Dalton

Information Management Officer

Business Management - ICT

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead

Wirral

CH41 1AH

Tel: 0151 666 5201

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