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Targeted Family Support in Children and Family Centre Contract Extension

Meeting: 24/07/2019 - Cabinet (Item 9)

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To seek approval to exercise the contractual option to extend the existing contracts for the provision of targeted family support services in children and families centres in Gloucester City, Forest of Dean and Stroud and Cheltenham and Tewkesbury localities from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2022.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Richard Boyles, (Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years), sought to extend existing contracts for the provision of targeted family support services in children and families centres located in Gloucester City, Forest of Dean, and in the Stroud, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury localities. 

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services to exercise the option to extend the current contracts for the provision of targeted support services in  the 16 Children and Family Centres located in Gloucester City, Forest of Dean, and Stroud, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury localities from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2022.

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Boyles, (Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years), explained that the purpose of the report was to seek approval to exercise the contractual option to extend the existing contracts for the provision of targeted family support services in Children and Families Centres located in Gloucester City, Forest of Dean and Stroud and in the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury localities from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2022. Current contracts had the option to extend for a further period for up to two years. The contracts support the ‘payment by results’ work of the Troubled Families Programme.

 

Cllr Boyles informed members that the Children and Family Centres had exceeded targets for the last 2 years and in doing so had supported many more children and families than anticipated and had made a larger contribution to the payment by results service of Families First that helped make up the current Early Help Service.

 

Broad consultation had been undertaken during the contract periods, with families encouraged to give their views on the services they received. The results of the consultations demonstrated how families felt services were accessible; that they felt engaged and that they had been listened to and valued. The overall partner and user feedback would be used to help shape the services going forward beyond the contract extension recommendation. T The contracts would be robustly monitored and were currently performing well, sustaining positive outcomes for the children and families they supported.

 

Cllr Boyles informed members that in enabling the 2 year extension of the council’s contracts would help sustain the continuity of care for some of the county’s most vulnerable children and families. In the meantime, commissioners would work on the development of the council’s longer term strategy for future provision, in line with the new Sufficiency Strategy, and with any national decision in relation to the future funding of the Troubled Families Programme.

  

It was noted that there was a resource implication in the extension of the contracts, with a shortfall of £252,000 from a budget of £7,250,964  To address this, Cllr Boyles advised that, built into the commissioning budget over the next 12 months would be measures to make savings from ensuring a more effective management of the contracts. This would neither affect the contract nor the budget.

 

Cllr Boyles proposed Cabinet adopt Option 2 of the options; to secure the 2 year extension whilst continuing to deliver continuity of care to the families needing support.

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services to exercise the option to extend the current contracts for the provision of targeted support services in  the 16 Children and Family Centres located in Gloucester City, Forest of Dean, and Stroud, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury localities from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2022.