Issue details

Accommodation based support service for care leavers



To approve the commissioning of a service to provide vulnerable care leavers with support to develop their skills, resilience, opportunities for training and employment, engagement with relevant services and integration with their community to enable them to move towards independent living. This service will also help the young people to understand their rights and responsibilities as tenants and what to expect of Landlords.


Following decisions made by cabinet during December 2018 and January 2019, the council has purchased a property in Hereford City that is now being converted and refurbished to accommodate care leavers with complex needs. Accommodation based support is required to support young people to live more independently and manage their lives safely and confidently.


Approval is sought for the approach to commission a service to provide support and accommodation management for vulnerable care leavers to help them prepare to live more independently. This service will be available 24hours for those with complex needs and 3 hours per week for those with light touch needs. This service will be commissioned by seeking bids from potential providers in the open market to demonstrate how they can deliver a quality and cost effective service. It is proposed to begin this procurement process in October 2019 and mobilise new services to align with the completion of building works in Spring 2020.


The local and national market for care leavers accommodation based support is delivered mainly through spot purchased placements, some via a regional framework. These placements typically have very high costs and there is limited availability within Herefordshire, resulting in many young people being placed outside of the county. The approach proposed here in utilising self-contained accommodation in premises owned by the council is somewhat innovative and has received a positive response to date. It provides an opportunity for improving outcomes for young people and value for money to the council.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure and strategic nature / impact on communities;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 28/03/2019

Decision due: 26 September 2019 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cabinet member children and families

Lead director: Director of adults and communities (Historic)

Department: Adults and Communities (Historic)

Contact: Christa Jackson, Senior Commissioning Officer Email: Tel: 01432 383421.


Agenda items


  • Accommodation based support service for care leavers