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Havering: North London Commissioning

Project start date: September 2017

We have been awarded up to £835k to create a sub-regional approach to commissioning residential placements for young people aged 11-17 in North East London to bring together providers to manage up to 35 placements locally. The project will deliver and test the use of block contracts, incentivising the delivery of outcomes and three-way coproduction between the sub-regional partnership, young people, and providers. We will also invest in workforce development opportunities.


Project Summary


Currently, the commissioning of children’s residential care is being carried out in a very fragmented way, on a relatively small footprint and mostly thorough spot purchase arrangements and access to a framework. This means that each local authority is acting as a sole commissioner. Resulting in a lack of influence and leverage, due to the low volumes of placements needed. In addition, the spot purchase arrangement requires individual placement teams contacting numerous providers to search for vacancies and ensure appropriate matching.

This project will:


Project contact details

Project evaluators

Ipsos Mori

Project partners

London Borough of Waltham Forest
London Borough of Redbridge
London Borough of Newham
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
City of London Corporation
Institute of Family Therapy
Silver Lined Horizons

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