Decision details

Short Breaks for Children and Young People with Disabilities

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To inform Cabinet of the revised Short Breaks statement, current state of play in the delivery of Short Breaks and future plans and to gain Cabinet approval for the report recommendations.


Cllr Stephen Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, sought Cabinet support for a revised strategy for the commissioning of short breaks for children and young people with disabilities and sought delegated authority to conduct the associated procurement processes.


Having considered all of the information, Cabinet noted the report and.





(1) Agree the proposed commissioning strategy and timeline.


(2) Authorise the Executive Director of Children’s Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years to:


a)    Conduct a compliant competitive tender process for the development of a three-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years for directly provided Short Break services.

b)    Upon conclusion of the competitive tender process, to enter into contract arrangements with preferred providers

c)    Determine whether to exercise the option to extend the contract for a further period of not more than two years on the expiry of the initial three year term.

d)    Conduct a competitive procurement process in respect of a three year Framework Agreement for the supply of activity provision

e)    Award such Framework Agreement to the preferred tenderer(s);

f)     Procure and award Call-Off Contracts for the supply of activity provision under such Framework Agreement whose combined aggregate value shall not exceed £3m

g)    The combined value of both the contracts and the Framework is estimated as £8.3m over the Five years for the delivery of Short Breaks services for children and young people with additional needs.



Report author: Cabinet Member - Children's Safeguarding and Early Years

Publication date: 21/07/2021

Date of decision: 21/07/2021

Decided at meeting: 21/07/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 29/07/2021

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