Decision details

Children's Homes Block Contract

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Staffordshire County Council is seeking a children's home block contract for 13 beds with an option to extend for a further 26 beds. This contract is to meet the needs of our complex children within Staffordshire and ensure that our most vulnerable children have stability to help achieve good outcomes.


“While a great deal of preventative work is underway to try and safely keep children with their families wherever possible, we currently face a situation where local authorities must manage increasing demand on children’s services.


Entering a joint agreement with other councils and providers enables us to guarantee regular good-quality provision of care at a known price and remove some of the uncertainty caused when demand, on occasion, exceeds supply”.


Cllr Mark Sutton, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People


Reasons for the Decision – To consider proposals for a children's home block contract for 13 beds with an option to extend for a further 26 beds.


Decision - (a) That the County Council procures a block contract for 13 children homes placements in the private/voluntary sector with the ability to increase the contract where required to provide the ability to increase up to a further 7 homes (i.e. up to a maximum of 26 placements if needed).


(b) That the County Council enters into these arrangements for a maximum period of 8 years subject to demand.


(c) That authority be delegated to the Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities to award to the successful bidder.


(d)  That the County Council agrees to deviate from its standard Price / Quality split of Price 70% and Quality 30% to Price 30% and Quality 70% for this contract.


(e) That the County Council agrees joint procurement activity with a joint contract led by Dudley.

Report author: Shahid Munir

Publication date: 17/03/2022

Date of decision: 16/03/2022

Decided at meeting: 16/03/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 23/03/2022

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