Currently the Greater Manchester LAs all commission children’s social care placements through a number of regional arrangements detailed below.

All Greater Manchester tenders are managed through The Chest (https://www.the-chest.org.uk/).

 

North-West Foster Care Flexible Purchasing System (FPS) 2018

Start date

April 2018

End date

March 2028

Number of providers

Currently 44 Foster Care Providers are on the FPS

Which GM LAs?

All

Description

The FPS started in April 2018 and was designed to provide the opportunity for 23 North-West local authorities, including all those in GM, to benefit from the consolidation of demand for foster care placements. 

The contract reopens for new IFAs to join at quarterly intervals.

The FPS includes three Service Type Lots each split across 4 different age bands:

Lot 1: Standard foster care

Lot 2: Specialist foster care

Lot 3: Cohort placements

 

GM Enhanced Foster Care (Commissioned through North-West Foster Care FPS 2018)

Start date

The delivery launch was in August 2020

End date

Reviewed every 12 months - expiry in line with NW FPS (Foster Care) so March 2028

Number of providers

5

Which GM LAs?

All

Description

The arrangement, launched in 2020, creates a bespoke partnership arrangement regarding an enhanced service for children and young people who have a long-term plan to live in fostering but are currently living in children's homes and for those children with complex needs requiring a specialist placement.

Some of these children will need extra support to make the transition to fostering successful. However, finding placements for those children has in recent years proven difficult.

Greater Manchester set up this arrangement to work differently with a small number of providers to help more of our children access family environments with the right support.

 

North-West Residential Care Flexible Purchasing System

Start date

January 2018

End date

December 2027

Number of providers

Currently 120 Residential Care Providers on the FPS, covering 658 Children's Homes.

Which GM LAs?

All

Description

Similar to the Foster Care FPS above, this arrangement also commenced in 2018 and is open to all North West LAs, including those in GM. It reopens quarterly for Providers to join.

There are 6 main placement-type lots in the FPS:

Lot 1: Residential CareFlexible mainstream provision located in or within 40 miles of the North West.

Lot 2: Therapeutic Care ServicesIn or within 40 miles of the North West, which meet the needs of children and young people needing more specialist care and will employ or procure specialist resources to do so.

Lot 3: Complex Health / Medical CareProviders must be trained, competent and able to meet the needs of children and young people requiring more specialist health care and are located in or within 40 miles of the North West.

Lot 4: Short Break Services Short break and respite residential care located in or within 40 miles of the North West.

Lot 5: Short Break Residential Services to Support TransitionTime limited, intensive support placements purchased for the sole purpose of stabilising behaviors, and supporting the young person and LA in transitioning into a longer-term placement.

Lot 6: Services located at a distanceServices located more than 40 miles outside of the boundaries of the North West.

 

No Wrong Door

Start date

Launched in January 2020

End date

n/a

Number of providers

The model is live in six Greater Manchester LAs (Manchester, Trafford, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport and Wigan)

Which GM LAs?

The model is live in six Greater Manchester LAs (Manchester, Trafford, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport and Wigan)

Description

NWD is a multi-disciplinary approach to providing support to young people who are on the edge of care or within the care system. The model, developed initially by North Yorkshire, replaces the traditional approach to residential care through "hubs" which provide specialist and relationship support to young people living in the hub, as well as young people in foster care and at home.

This support is provided through a team including key workers, speech and language therapists, police officers, clinical psychologists, and hub foster carers. These workers stick with the young person, ensuring they are able to access the right services at the right time and in the right place to meet their needs.

Although in the early stages of implementation, the No Wrong Door approach across GM is demonstrating real successes. This includes a strengthened edge of care offer drawing on the expertise of a range of professionals and the use of bespoke placements to support families to remain together and to stabilise placements. 

 

North West Supported Accommodation and Independent Living (SAILS) Dynamic Purchasing System

Start date

April 2020

End date

March 2030

Number of providers

47

Which GM LAs?

All

Description

Supported accommodation needs for 16-to-18 year olds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and Care Leavers who have support needs.

This arrangement is open to all North West LAs, including those in GM. It covers support and accommodation services for young people aged 16 and over and reopens a minimum of annually for new providers to join.

There are three lots in the DPS:

Lot 1: Group LivingAccommodation based support services offering a group living environment and communal areas with staff available to meet the needs of the Young Person.

Lot 2: Accommodation with SupportCommunity-based dispersed accommodation services sourced within the social housing or the private rental market, providing direct 1:1 support and, where specified group / shared floating support in accordance with assessed need.

Lot 3: Floating SupportCommunity-based services providing floating / resettlement support to young people in their chosen accommodation.