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Commissioning of a Positive Behaviour Support Service for Children and Young People with a Learning Disability/Autism

Meeting: 24/07/2019 - Cabinet (Item 12)

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To seek approval to tender for the provision of an intensive Positive Behaviour Service for Children and Young People with learning disabilities and/or autism.  

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Cllr Richard Boyles, (Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years), sought approval to tender for the provision of an intensive Positive Behaviour Service for Children and Young People with learning disabilities and/or autism. 

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

a)    Approve the commissioning of an intensive positive behaviour support service for children and young people, to be facilitated by the Provider using a Social Impact Bond;    

 

b)    Delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services to carry out an OJEU compliant competitive tender process and award a contract, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, for a positive behaviour support service for children and young people

 

c)    Delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services to develop a commissioning implementation plan, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years.

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Boyles, (Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years), sought approval to tender for the provision of an intensive Positive Behaviour Support Service (PBS) for children and young people with learning disabilities and/or with autism, and at risk of going into care.

 

Cllr Boyles informed members that the behaviour support service was an intensive programme of support, designed to help children and young people with challenging behaviour stay at home with their families.

 

The service to introduce a person-centred approach to ensure any actions taken would be directed at the unique needs of each individual child or young person. Such methods had been successfully implemented in other parts of the country and had been found to decrease the frequency and severity of challenging behaviour, improve the quality of life for young people and their families and reduce the need for residential care.

 

Cllr Boyles believed a Positive Behaviour Support Service for Gloucestershire would improve the quality of life for young people with learning disabilities and/or with Autism. It would also avoid the cost to the council of expensive residential placements which, currently, were reported at around £220,000 per year per child. On average, 6 young people per year enter placements. 

 

If approved, the GloucestershirePositive Behaviour Support Service to commence in April 2020, supporting up to 14 children or young people with learning disabilities and/or with autism, displaying challenging behavior and at risk of entering full time residential care within 6 monthsThe PBS service to work intensively with 4-5 children at any one time for a period of up to 2 years. Young people would be referred to the service by a multi-agency panel.

 

Cllr Boyles explained that if the council was to use this Social Impact Bond model, there would be no need to provide up front investment for the project. GCC would be eligible to access £360,000 from the Life Chances Fund, (government funding used to encourage the development of Social Impact Bonds).

 

The contract between the council and the provider would be an outcomes based contract with payments made on the successful outcome of the providers work with the young person.

 

Savings of £4,320,000 were forecast, (covering the term of the programme).

 

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

           

RESOLVED to:

 

a)    Approve the commissioning of an intensive positive behaviour support service for children and young people, to be facilitated by the Provider using a Social Impact Bond.  

 

b)    Delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services to carry out an OJEU compliant competitive tender process and award a contract, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years, for a positive behaviour support service for children and young people

 

c)    Delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services to develop a commissioning implementation plan, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years.