Use of Outsourcing within Social Services

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Dear Barking & Dagenham Borough Council,

1. Do you currently outsource any part of your social work / care management service to a private organisation, either in adult or childrens services? If so what part/s of the service are you outsourcing?

2. Are you currently considering outsourcing any part of your social work / care management service to a private organisation, either in adult or childrens services? If so what part/s of the service are you considering outsourcing?

3. Where do you advertise upcoming contract opportunities for social work recruitment and/or for the outsourcing of social work services?

4. If there is a contract in place, what is the end date for your current contract for social work recruitment? (this contract may also cover various additional job types depending on how it is managed) At the end date what are the extension options with the current provider (if any) or will there be a tender opportunity for additional suppliers?

5. What does it cost the Local Authority on average to advertise one Childrens Services social work vacancy?

Yours faithfully,

Olivia Pogson

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ahmed remi, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

Dear Olivia Pogson

Thank you for your e-mail received 07 December 2010 requesting information regarding Use of Outsourcing within Social Services .

Michael Fenn in Adult & Community Services will arrange for the information to be provided to you no later than 10/01/2011.

Whilst it is the Council's policy to provide information wherever possible, I need to advise you that there are a number of exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. These may prevent me from releasing all or some of the information you have asked for. You will, however be informed if this is the case and why.

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Dear ahmed remi,

We are still awaiting a response on our request should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me

Yours sincerely,

Olivia Pogson

Fenn Michael, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

Dear Olivia Pogson

Request for information LBBD/50828

Your request for information has now been considered and the information
is below;

1. Do you currently outsource any part of your social work / care
management service to a private organisation, either in adult or
Children's services? If so what part/s of the service are you outsourcing?

We do not outsource any of our social work
/ care management services in adult or children's services

2. Are you currently considering outsourcing any part of your social
work / care management service to a private organisation, either in adult
or children's services? If so what part/s of the service are you
considering outsourcing?

We are not currently considering
outsourcing any part of our social work / care management services

3. Where do you advertise upcoming contract opportunities for social
work recruitment and/or for the outsourcing of social work services?

We don't advertise for these.

4. If there is a contract in place, what is the end date for your
current contract for social work recruitment? (this contract may also
cover various additional job types depending on how it is managed) At the
end date what are the extension options with the current provider (if any)
or will there be a tender opportunity for additional suppliers?

We do not have a contract with anyone for recruiting permanent Social
Workers, for Temporary Social Workers (and other Temps) we have a Neutral
Managed Vendor Contract with Matrix, we manage this contract internally.
This contract expires 30 Sept 2011. There is an option for a 2 year
extension or we may elect to invite other suppliers to tender.

5. What does it cost the Local Authority on average to advertise one
Children's Services social work vacancy?

We normally advertise for Social Workers through our online careers
website which is free to the council. In a limited number of cases we may
also advertise in the Guardian Online for £750 or Children & Young People
Now for £500

If you need any more information, or if I can be of any further help,
please contact me.

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Yours sincerely

Michael Fenn | Senior Information Officer

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham | Room B34 Civic Centre | Dagenham
| RM10 7BY

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Email: Michael.Fenn[3]@lbbd.gov.uk | [4]www.barking-dagenham.gov.uk

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