Issue details

Variation of existing contracts for Children and Family Centres

To seek approval to enter into negotiations with the incumbent providers of targeted family support services via Children and Family Centres in Gloucestershire (encompassing Gloucester City, Forest of Dean, Stroud, Cheltenham, and Tewkesbury districts), namely Barnardos and Aspire Foundation, with a view to extending the term of the council’s existing contracts with them for a further period of 9 months, from 1 July 2023 to 31 March 2024, and to then consider and, if appropriate, approve such extensions.


Over the same period the provision in the Cotswolds will remain with the council’s inhouse provider, delivered alongside the Supporting Families Programme.


Decision type: Key

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

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 19/12/2022

Decision due: 25 Jan 2023 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cllr Stephen Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s SafeGuarding and Early Years


Agenda items

Background papers

  • 1. Cabinet paper February 2022 - Decision - The recommissioning of Children and Family Centres as the starting point for the development of Family Hubs across Gloucestershire for children aged 0-19 years (up to 25 years where children have special educational needs or disabilities).  
  • 2. Cabinet paper July 2021 Decision - Variation of existing contracts for an extension to the existing services to Children and Family Centres  
  • 3. Cabinet paper June 2016 Reshaping Services for Families with Young Children  
  • 4. The best start for life: a vision for the 1,001 critical days The_best_start_for_life_a_vision_for_the_1_001_critical_days.pdf (  
  • 5. Children and Young People’s Plan 2015-18 planspolicies/children-and-families/  
  • 6. Right Placement First Time – Sufficiency Strategy Sufficiency Strategy 2018 - 2021 - Gloucestershire County Council  
  • 7. Children and Family Centres information and local offer Local Offer - Search Results | Glosfamilies Directory  
  • 7. Summary, executive summary, booklets and data dashboards for Children and Family Centres can be viewed upon request to the report author.  
  • 8. Pre engagement undertaken with children and families (Nicholas Day Associates), with partners and key stakeholders and with youth support (DNA Youth Consultancy) have all been listed below and can all be viewed upon request to the report author GCC – Report of Engagement on the Future of Children & Family Centres: