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.