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South London Commissioning Programme

Project start date: September 2017

The South London Commissioning Programme were awarded up to £1m to develop sub-regional outcomes-based commissioning arrangements for looked after children across eight boroughs, and to standardise best practise. Our project will test co-production with providers and young people and look at how consortia can tackle shared issues.


Project Summary


Together we will provide the opportunity for children and young people to reach their potential in a safe, caring and secure environment.

Boroughs within South London are spot purchasing residential care placements in a large and varied market, with limited resources to manage the market, analyse data and jointly consider sufficiency. The current context makes the situation increasingly difficult; there is growing demand for good quality provision; subsequent increasing spend; the need to meet the requirements of legislation with shrinking resources, and a current budget deficit.

Our programme brings together twelve South London boroughs: Merton, Lewisham, Bexley, Sutton, Croydon, Kingston, Richmond, Bromley, Wandsworth and the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Lambeth and Southwark. They will develop a regional approach to commissioning that is integrated, informed by data analysis and will achieve efficiency savings, while concurrently creating a culture change that will establish the necessary environment for an alternative way of working.

During our project a jointly developed commissioning solution will be implemented to efficiently commission value-for-money placements, delivering the best outcomes for looked after children. A central feature of our commissioning solution will be an ICT platform which will facilitate improved market engagement and decision-making in the commissioning process.

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