Issue details

Direct Award for Youth Support Service Contract for 2021

Acknowledging the wide-ranging impact of the coronavirus pandemic and economic recession, Cabinet to agree a way forward for youth support services to continue to discharge the council’s statutory and partnership responsibilities towards young people aged 10 to 24 years following the end of the current youth support contract in March 2021.


Cabinet is therefore asked to undertake a Direct Award to the current provider, Prospects Services (Shaw Trust), for integrated youth support services to start in April 2021 for a period of 12 months; with a strategic review, revised specification and open tender for new services beginning in April 2022.




In March 2019, the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee set up a task group supported by Children & Families Commissioning, to look at Youth Strategy for 8 - 24 year-olds in Gloucestershire. The aims of the Group were: - :


To review and scrutinise current provisions for 8 – 24 year olds in Gloucestershire.


To consider how the Council could encourage young people’s personal and social development outside of school hours, and their preparation for adult life, through promoting youth provision in every community, delivered by a mix of volunteers and trained staff.


To make sure that whatever their background or circumstances, every young person has the support they need to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being.


With partners, to use the continuum of need, in the new Right Placement First Time: Sufficiency Strategy, to develop recommendations to help the council better co-ordinate intervention services and provide a county-wide strategy.


The resulting Youth strategy task group findings were published in October 2019 and included in the Background Documents accompanying this forward plan


Previous decision

Options and Decision on Youth Support Service from 2020, Cabinet 30 Jan 2019

Youth duties
Youth Strategy Task Group Report, Oct 2019, OSC: Children & Families

Youth Work Inquiry Final Report, April 2019, APPG on Youth Affairs

Must know for youth services, March 2019, LGA


Participation & Skills

Youth Survey 2019, Oct 2019, GFirst LEP & Young Gloucestershire

NCCIS management information requirement, 2020 (tracking post-16 participation in education and training/NEET) DfE

Health & Wellbeing

Children, Young People and Families - Needs Analysis, 2018, GCC Public Health/Inform Gloucestershire

Young People Substance Misuse Commissioning Support 2020-21, PHE

Frameworks forTeenage Pregnancy Prevention and Supporting Teenage Mothers and Young Fathers,2019, PHE & LGA

Justice & Prevention

Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021, Police and Crime Commissioner

Youth Justice Plan2019-2020, Youth Justice Partnership Board & YOS

Violence Prevention Needs Assessment, Jan 2020, Safer Gloucestershire

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000 and 2 Divisions affected;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 22/06/2020

Decision due: 22 Jul 2020 by Cabinet

Lead member: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member - Children's Safeguarding and Early Years

Contact: Chris Spencer, Director of Children's Services Email:


Young people and youth professionals via:

Ø  Regular feedback through the Youth Support Team & VCS organisations


Ø  Young People’s Experiences of Youth Work and Youth Support in Gloucestershire, Feb 2020, DNA Consultancy/GCC

Ø  Learning from Young People’s Experiences of Children’s Services in Gloucestershire, Feb 2020, DNA Consultancy/GCC

Ø  Child Friendly Gloucestershire – ongoing sector-wide engagement

Planned Dates: Mainly between September 2019 and February 2020