Issue details

21/00076 - Provision of Community Support Services for Disabled Children and Young People - Outcome of Procurement Process

Proposed decision –


Contracts to be awarded to successful providers for the provision of Community Support Services (Care and Support in the Home) for Disabled Children and Young People following a recent procurement exercise linked to the Adults Care and Support in the Home contract.


Delegate decisions on the implementation to the Corporate Director of Children, Young People and Education, or other Officer, in consultation with the Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health as appropriate.


Further information –


Decision 20/00102 - Community Support Services for Disabled Children & Young People was taken on 19 March 2020 and allowed officers to follow a competitive procurement process for children’s community support services within the Adults ‘Care and Support in the Home’ contract. 


Following the competitive procurement process a further decision is required to award the contracts to the successful providers. 

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings of more than £1m;

Decision status: For Determination

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 09/09/2021

Decision due: Not before 8th Oct 2021 by Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Integrated Children's Services

Lead director: Mark Walker

Contact: Christy Holden, Head of Children's Commissioning Phone number: 03000411257.

Financial implications: Each year, approximately £1.3m of Children’s Community Support Services is commissioned, the actual spend is normally less as actual services provided can vary depending on circumstances. This is fully funded through the KCC revenue base budget and reported within the within key service line Children in Need (disability) – Care and Support in the budget book. The contract for new provision (Care and Support in the Home) is due to expire on 31 March 2024, with potential for extension for a further 36 months. Over the life of the contact, the total financial implication of this decision is therefore circa £3.9m followed by a potential further circa £3.9m should extensions be put in place. This is subject to budget setting decisions and fluctuations in need. The contract has been designed to reduce the dependence of spot purchases

Legal implications: Activities and services undertaken are covered under the Children and Families Act 2014, and the new provision will be fully compliant with Statutory Duties included within this legislation. This procurement makes the previous activity of spot purchasing compliant with the Public Contract Regulations (2015) and Spending the Council’s Money.

Equalities implications: An Equality Impact Assessment scoping has been undertaken as part of the Care and Support in the Home contract provision last year. Preliminary scoping has confirmed that this is adequate for Children’s activity.