Agenda item

Gloucestershire's Sufficiency Strategy - Semi-Independent Project

To consider proposals for the use of Trevone House for services to children and young people.

Decision:

Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People sought approval for the re-modelling of Trevone House to support the implementation of the Sufficiency Strategy, as well as procuring a provider to develop quality semi-independent accommodation and support services for vulnerable young people.

 

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

 

RESOLVED to:

 

1)    Approve:  An allocation of £2.5m of capital funding for the proposed utilisation of Trevone House within Children’s Services. This will be funded by reallocating the existing £1.2m IRIS capital scheme in the approved capital budget , allocating £0.75m of unallocated capital receipts and £0.550m from revenue contributions in 2018/19 and 2019/20 from the IRIS budget.

 

2)    Authorise the Head of Property Services to conduct a competitive procurement process under the Gloucestershire County  Council approved Major Project Framework (or such replacement Framework) for the remodelling of Trevone House to provide a facility to deliver support for children as set out in paragraph 2.5 of this report.

 

3)    Upon conclusion of this procurement process, authorise the Head of Property Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change, to enter into a contract with the preferred provider evaluated as offering the Council best value for money.

 

4)    Authorise the Director of Children’s Services to:

 

(a) Conduct an EU compliant competitive tender process for the award of a 5 year contract and an option to extend for a further 2 years with an estimated maximum total value of up to £10.8m for the delivery of semi independent accommodation and support services for vulnerable young people, and

 

(b) Upon conclusion of the competitive tender process, in consultation with Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, to enter into a contract with the preferred provider who is evaluated as offering the council best value for money . In the event that the preferred provider is either unable or unwilling to enter into a contract with the Council then the Director of Children’s Services is authorised to enter into such contract with the next willing highest placed suitably qualified provider.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

Cllr Richard Boyles, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, sought approval for the re-modelling of Trevone House to support the implementation of the Sufficiency Strategy, as well as procuring a provider to develop quality semi-independent accommodation and support services for vulnerable young people.

 

Cllr Boyles explained that the Council had a legal duty to develop and manage placements for children in county under the Children’s Act 1989. The Sufficiency Strategy to set out the Council’s approach to this process. The Strategy to also set out the Council’s responsibilities for children on the edge of care so as to enable them to be supported without actually having to enter into care.  

 

It was proposed Trevone House provided an opportunity, along with partners and in line with the Sufficiency Strategy, to deliver an aspect of local service currently not found in Gloucestershire.

 

Cllr Boyles outlined the development of Trevone House into a support centre for children and young people; a health assessment unit; an educational day service, and apartments for young people in the county to learn the skills of daily living and prepare them for adulthood.

 

The Council was seeking a partnership arrangement for the delivery of the new service.  The successful provider would be required to demonstrate the necessary skills and evidence skills to support the development and care of the young people in Gloucestershire’s care.  

 

The Due Regard Statement attached to the report identified an 86% increase in the number of children coming into care since 2012 and that the two highest age groups were 10 to 15 years and 16 to 17 years. Trevone House would concentrate on the 16 to 20 year old age group, stabilising, supporting and preparing the young people for independent living.

 

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

 

RESOLVED to:

 

a)    Approve:  An allocation of £2.5m of capital funding for the proposed utilisation of Trevone House within Children’s Services. This will be funded by reallocating the existing £1.2m IRIS capital scheme in the approved capital budget , allocating £0.75m of unallocated capital receipts and £0.550m from revenue contributions in 2018/19 and 2019/20 from the IRIS budget.

 

b)    Authorise the Head of Property Services to conduct a competitive procurement process under the Gloucestershire County  Council approved Major Project Framework (or such replacement Framework) for the remodelling of Trevone House to provide a facility to deliver support for children as set out in paragraph 2.5 of this report.

 

c)    Upon conclusion of this procurement process, authorise the Head of Property Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change, to enter into a contract with the preferred provider evaluated as offering the Council best value for money.

 

d)    Authorise the Director of Children’s Services to:

 

(i) Conduct an EU compliant competitive tender process for the award of a 5 year contract and an option to extend for a further 2 years with an estimated maximum total value of up to £10.8m for the delivery of semi-independent accommodation and support services for vulnerable young people, and

 

(ii) Upon conclusion of the competitive tender process, in consultation with Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, to enter into a contract with the preferred provider who is evaluated as offering the council best value for money. In the event that the preferred provider is either unable or unwilling to enter into a contract with the Council then the Director of Children’s Services is authorised to enter into such contract with the next willing highest placed suitably qualified provider.

 

 

 

 

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