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Issue details

Wenlock Childrens Home Contract Variation and Extension with Hexagon Care Services

Purpose of Report: To request the extension and variation of the contract with Hexagon Care, (valued at 650k) in order to change its purpose to deliver services to fewer, older young people with more complex needs and to create the conditions and provisions for the future needs of our looked after children. This is to support placement sufficiency and gain better value for money. A waiver is therefore sought to provide these specialist services.

 

The Executive are asked to review and approve the request.

 

It has not been possible to give 28 clear days’ notice of the intention to make the Key Decision.  This is due to the impact of Covid 19 on property availability and the response from the local community to properties being used in their areas for children’s homes. Close monitoring of the property market has been essential at this time and it now proves timely to seek to extend the existing contract with Hexagon Care Services who deliver a children’s home on our behalf, for a further 12 months (with the option of a further 12 months depending on the long term impact of Covid and property availability in the City). 

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Cabinet Decision - a 'Key Issue' - decision leading to savings or expenditure of £500,000 or above;

Decision status: Decision Made

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 09/11/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
It has not been possible to give 28 clear days’ notice of the intention to make the Key Decision. This is due to the impact of Covid 19 on property availability and the response from the local community to properties being used in their areas for children’s homes. Close monitoring of the property market has been essential at this time and it now proves timely to seek to extend the existing contract with Hexagon Care Services who deliver a children’s home on our behalf, for a further 12 months (with the option of a further 12 months depending on the long term impact of Covid and property availability in the City).

Decision due: 26/11/20 by Executive
Reason: It has not been possible to give 28 clear days’ notice of the intention to make the Key Decision, please open this item for further information.

Lead member: Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education

Lead director: Corporate Director of Children, Education and Communities

Department: Directorate of Children, Education and Communities

Contact: Sophie Wales, Assistant Director, Children's Social Care, City of York Council Email: sophie.wales@york.gov.uk Email: sophie.wales@york.gov.uk.

Consultation process

Internal discussion with senior leaders and the current Provider Consultees:
Amanda Hatton
Sophie Wales
Simon Fisher
Mark Woolford

Decisions

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