Issue details

Continued participation in an extended sub-regional contract for an independent Fostering Advice and Mediation Service.

To extend the contract with Fostering Network for 6 months from 1 April 2020 to 31 September 2020. This will be at a maximum cost to Herefordshire of £2,410 funded from the safeguarding budget. During the extension period, a tender exercise will be undertaken. However current exceptional circumstances resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic, could delay the tender exercise
To delegate authority to the assistant director education development and skills, to approve a further extension of up to 6 months to 31 March 2021, if required, at an additional cost of £2,410.
Staffordshire County Council, acting as the lead authority for procuring the joint contract on behalf of six authorities including Herefordshire Council, have confirmed that a waiver have been gained against their procurement rules.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 15/05/2020

Decision due: 15 May 2020 by Director of Children and Families

Contact: Chris Baird, Director for children and families Email: Tel: 01432 260264.