Decision details

The recommissioning of Children and Family Centres as the starting point for the development of Family Hubs: Contract award - Lots 2 & 3 Abandonment, re tender and contract modification - Lot 1

Decision Maker: Director of Childrens' Services

Decision status: Implemented

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Following the conclusion of a competitive procurement process for one or more contracts for the supply of Children & Family Centres that will begin the new Family Hubs model across Gloucestershire and following consultation with Councillor Stephen Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, in accordance with the Cabinet decision on 23 February 2022:

Decision 1)

To award contracts for the supply of Children & Family Centre services that will allow the Council to award a contract to focus on developing an agreed multi-agency vision and principles for Family Hubs, starting with a focus on 0-11 with a view to incremental (age and stage) transition that is aligned with the wider transformation within children’s services and partner agencies to the suppliers listed below:
Lot 2: Stroud District and Cotswolds (Family Action)
Lot 3: Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury District
(Aspire Foundation Trust)

Note: The proposed contracts for Lots 2 & 3 shall be for an initial period of 7 years and include an option to extend their terms for a further period of not more than 2 years. The contracts will start on 1st April 2024.

Decision 2) The Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years to note and approve the:

a) Abandonment of the procurement process for Lot 1 (Gloucester & Forest of Dean)

b) Approve the tender of Lot 1: (Gloucester & Forest of Dean) to start February 2024

Note: Following the completion of the re tender the proposed contracts for Lot 1 shall be for an initial period of 6.7 years and include an option to extend their terms for a further period of not more than 2 years. The contracts will start on 1st September 2024.

Decision 3) The Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years approves the variation of the contract with Barnardos to extend its term for a further period of 6 months (April – September 2024) to facilitate the re tender described in Decision 2 above.

 

Decision:

In coming to this decision, the Director of Children’s Services gave due and full regard to the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 (“the Act”) by reference to the law itself and also the relevant Equality Impact Assessment, which was prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act.

 

Having fully considered all the available information, the Director of Children’s Services decided to reject any alternative options and take the recommended decision(s), for the reasons set out in the decision report published on the Council website for this decision.

 

Publication date: 25/03/2024

Date of decision: 16/01/2024

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