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Options for Youth Support Service from 2020

Meeting: 30/01/2019 - Cabinet (Item 11)

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To seek Cabinet approval of the procurement options and provision of Youth Support Services following expiry of the current contractual arrangements in March 2020.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

Authorise the Director for Children’s Services, in consultation with the Lead Cabinet Member Children and Young People to:

 

  1. Arrange to bring in house the management of statutory Social Care and case management for 11-24 Children in Care and Care Leavers before April 2020;

 

  1. Identify the range of services for other Youth support and wrap around services and to vary the existing contract with Prospects for such services for one year from April 2020 to March 2021;

 

  1. Undertake a redesign of these Youth support and wrap-around services, followed by recommissioning by April 2021.

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, sought to approve procurement options and the provision of Youth Support Services following expiry of the council’s current contractual arrangements in March 2020.

 

Cllr Boyles informed members that the proposals aimed to bring ‘in-house’ the management of Children-in-Care and Care Leavers in 2019 and make the necessary arrangements for providing Youth Support Services from April 2020, and beyond. The current Gloucestershire integrated Youth Support Service, known as the Youth Support Team (YST), was currently managed by Prospects Services(Shaw Trust) on a contract due for expiry in March 2020 at a value of £5.4million per annum.

 

The contract included:

 

  • A wide range of statutory and other youth support functions, including

Youth offending, NEET and wrap-around services for care leavers, delivered by Prospects staff with other professionals seconded from Health and Police.

 

  • Statutory Social Care and case management for 11-24 Children in Care and Care Leavers, delivered by council-employed Social workers under Prospects management.

 

Cllr Boyles explained that the proposal to bring in-house the management of statutory social care and case management for 11-24 Children in Care and Care Leavers before April 2020 would support the closer alignment of all aspects of children’s social care on the continuing improvement journey post the Ofsted Children’s Services Report.

 

The recommendations proposed to vary the existing contract with Prospects for other youth support services for a one-year period from April 2020. The redesign, followed by the retendering or in-sourcing of the current contract, supported the continued integration of services and would enable a restructure of services to meet emerging needs.

 

Cllr Boyles informed members that the decision would give the council more oversight, including the opportunity to challenge at an earlier point in a child’s placement. This provided a more streamlined service proposal and improved sufficiency planning whilst on the Ofsted recovery journey and beyond.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for the recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and

 

RESOLVED to: -

 

Authorise the Director for Children’s Services, in consultation with the Lead Cabinet Member Children and Young People to:

 

  1. Arrange to bring in house the management of statutory Social Care and case management for 11-24 Children in Care and Care Leavers before April 2020;

 

  1. Identify the range of services for other Youth support and wrap around services and to vary the existing contract with Prospects for such services for one year from April 2020 to March 2021;

 

  1. Undertake a redesign of these Youth support and wrap-around services, followed by recommissioning by April 2021.