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Adoption West Contract Extension

Meeting: 22/12/2021 - Cabinet (Item 6)

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Decision:

Cllr Stephen Davies sought Cabinet approval for Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) to continue its participation in Adoption West (a company it owns jointly with Bath and Northeast Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and

Wiltshire Councils) that was created for the purpose of delivering adoption services, by extending the term of a commissioning agreement for the provision of an integrated adoption service between GCC, the other participating councils and Adoption West (the “Commissioning Agreement”), for a period of 5 years.

 

 

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

 

RESOLVED to:

 

Approve

 

a) The exercise by GCC of an option under the Commissioning Agreement to extend its term for a period of 5 years, commencing 1st March 2022 and expiring 28th February 2027;

 

b) An amendment to the Commissioning Agreement’s financial mechanism in order to reflect changes in both population and service activity levels, as described in more detail in paragraph 14 of the report; and,

 

c) An amendment to the Commissioning Agreement’s service specification in order to reflect revised working arrangements between participating councils and Adoption West, as described in more detail in paragraph 14 of this report

 

Minutes:

Cllr Stephen Davies sought Cabinet approval for Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) to continue its participation in Adoption West (a company it owns jointly with Bath and Northeast Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and

Wiltshire Councils) that was created for the purpose of delivering adoption services, by extending the term of a commissioning agreement for the provision of an integrated adoption service between the Council, the other participating councils and Adoption West (the “Commissioning Agreement”), for a period of 5 years.

 

In line with Government policy, Gloucestershire had entered into a regional arrangement for Adoption Services (Adoption West) in March 2019.  Adoption West was a public sector owned and controlled regional adoption agency.

 

The current commissioning agreement ended on 28th February 2022 and included an option to continue for a further 5 years commencing 1st March 2022. 

 

There was a consensus amongst the participating councils that exercising the option to extend the current agreement, for a period of 5 years, was the best approach in continuing to support children and current/prospective adopters.  This reflected the good progress being made by Adoption West despite the impact of Covid.

 

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

 

RESOLVED to:

 

Approve

 

a) The exercise by GCC of an option under the Commissioning Agreement to extend its term for a period of 5 years, commencing 1st March 2022 and expiring 28th February 2027;

 

b) An amendment to the Commissioning Agreement’s financial mechanism in order to reflect changes in both population and service activity levels, as described in more detail in paragraph 14 of the report; and,

 

c) An amendment to the Commissioning Agreement’s service specification in order to reflect revised working arrangements between participating councils and Adoption West, as described in more detail in paragraph 14 of this report