Supervised Contact Enquiry

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Dear West Berkshire Council,

1. Do you currently have your own "In House" Service, preferred
suppliers list or master vendor contract in place for your Supervised Contact Service for children in care?

2. If you have a contract in place, when will this be due for
renewal and what is your process for announcing, advertising and
applying for this opportunity?

3. If you have your own "In House" Service, do you ever spot
purchase to support this service and would the service ever be put
out for tender?

4. Do you have any intention to review the existing provisions in place for your Supervised Contact Service?

5. What is the council's annual spend on outsourced agencies for
supervised contact for 2015 - 2016 and 2016 - 2017?

6. What is the name and contact details for the procurement and
placement officer who is responsible for this service?

Thank you so much in advance for your co-operation

Yours faithfully,

Jessica Allen

foi, West Berkshire Council

FoI/2017/1059

 

Dear Ms Allen,

 

Request for information: Supervised Contact Enquiry

 

Thank you for your request received 12^th October 2017; we will seek to
respond within twenty working days.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Suzi Kenchington 

Information Access Compliance Officer

Strategic Support,

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

email:  [1][email address]

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foi, West Berkshire Council

FoI/2017/1059

 

Dear Ms Allen,

 

Request for information: Supervised Contact Enquiry

 

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

 

You have asked;

 

1. Do you currently have your own "In House" Service, preferred suppliers
list or master vendor contract in place for your Supervised Contact
Service for children in care?

Yes, we have our own in house service.  We also have a supplier that
conducts supervised contacts on our behalf.

 

2. If you have a contract in place, when will this be due for renewal and
what is your process for announcing, advertising and applying for this
opportunity?

No, we do not have a contract in place.

 

3. If you have your own "In House" Service, do you ever spot purchase to
support this service and would the service ever be put out for tender?

Yes, we sometimes use a preferred supplier for spot purchase to support
our service.

 

4. Do you have any intention to review the existing provisions in place
for your Supervised Contact Service?

No, we do not have any intention to review our existing provisions.

 

5. What is the council's annual spend on outsourced agencies for
supervised contact for 2015 - 2016 and 2016 - 2017?

It will not be possible to provide the information to respond to this
question. This is because the majority of the supervision is provided by a
supplier called ‘Call Us’ who also provide many different types of
services for the Council.  In previous years all their services have been
recorded under the same code and without manually looking through every
invoice it will not be possible to determine which costs relate to
supervision costs.

 

This will be recorded differently for 2017/18 therefore, it will be
possible to provide this sort of analysis for the year 2017/18 onwards.

 

6.  What is the name and contact details for the procurement and placement
officer who is responsible for this service?

Vickie Collins, Contracts and Commissioning Officer

[1][email address]

 

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[2]@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:  [3][email address]

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