Issue details

Approval for Gloucestershire County Council to participate in Adoption West: Regional Adoption Agency

To delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services in consultation with the Lead Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, to:


(i)            take all necessary steps and execute all necessary documentation (including, without limitation, an Inter Authority Agreement between the above-mentioned participating councils) to implement the Cabinet Decision dated 29th March 2017 as varied by this Decision Report  for the purpose of establishing and launching   a public sector owned and controlled Regional Adoption Agency known as “Adoption West”; 


(ii)                award a public procurement law compliant contract to Adoption West for the provision of an integrated adoption service.  The proposed contract shall continue for an initial period of 3 years and include an option to extend such period by 5 further years The council’s continued participation in Adoption West shall run concurrently with the term of such contract; and


(iii)         appoint appropriate council officers to a range of statutory roles and offices in Adoption West.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects two or more divisions;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 08/02/2019

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
Details within the General Exception Notice.

As there is no Cabinet meeting scheduled in February and in order to achieve a decision ahead of the 1 March 2019 deadline, the 'general exception rule' is to be applied.

Decision due: Between 18 Feb 2019 and 19 Feb 2019 by Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member - Children's Safeguarding and Early Years

Lead member: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member - Children's Safeguarding and Early Years

Department: Children and Young People

Contact: Andy Dempsey Email:



Background papers

  • Cabinet Report – 29th March 2017