Consultation on the re-procurement of the Targeted Safeguarding Intervention Services – 2020

Closed 17 Jul 2020

Opened 22 May 2020

Overview

The current Targeted Safeguarding Intervention Services contracts will expire on 31st March 2021 and procurement rules mean that a new tendering process will need to take place to award new contracts from 1st April 2021. The current contracts are with Catch 22, Action for Children and Cambs and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and provide services that are designed to work with the whole family to support and develop strategies that enable the family to stay together and to help to prevent the children from coming into care. The current services delivers to children and young people with a range of needs such as poor family functioning, physical, mental or emotional health needs and damaging behaviours such as substance misuse or antisocial behaviour. Interventions range from short term help to stabilise and monitor the family through to longer term interventions of up to 6 months to support the families to make lasting positive changes.

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) wants to ensure that the current services continue to help families stay together as a family unit and are provided at the time when the family needs it without delay. We want the services to be using the latest approaches and would welcome ideas and suggestions on what could be improved.  The current funding budget has reduced by £671,000 to give a total budget £940,000 on which to buy services. Therefore we will be looking for innovative ways to keep the service levels the same as we have less money to spend on them.

We do not want to reduce the number of families that are worked with so we hope to find ways of working that are tailored to the family’s needs, that are delivered at the exact time a family requires help for as long or short a time as they need it. We will be looking to providers to propose innovative ways of working to facilitate this that may involve working with partners across all agencies and sectors, secure match funding from other sources or perhaps collaborating with the voluntary sector to build a group of highly skilled volunteer family support workers.

The aim is to get the best value and outcomes from the amount we have to spend by involving the views of children, young people, parents and carers in addition to frontline staff, staff from other agencies and providers of these types of services to design services for now and the future.

Your feedback will be used to help us have a better understanding of people’s views on the current services and will help inform service delivery in the future. Your feedback will be part of a report with many other people’s feedback, so you will not be personally identified.

Please continue to see further details of how you can give us your views and to complete our questionnaire.