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Early Help Commissioning Plan Acorn House Oct 7 2011


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Purpose of the Morning • Overview of plans for investment in Early Help provision • Opportunity for discussion of proposals • Information about next steps


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Challenge and Opportunity • The Council needs to save approximately £40 million over the next 3 years • The role of the Local Authority is changing • Commissioning of internal and external will increase • Opportunities for local areas to take more control


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Challenge and Opportunity • Recent major reviews reinforce the importance for intervening early to improve the life chances of children • Evaluation of effective programmes to inform local responses • Improving outcomes through investing in a different approach


Early Help Commissioning Plan

The Vision • An opportunity to do things differently • A move away from compartmentalised ad hoc services


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Principles Behind the Early Help Plan • Commitment to continue to invest in local services • Working with families to find their own solutions • Building on the evidence and what we know about the effectiveness of Early Help


Early Help Commissioning Plan

What do we Mean by “Early Help”? • Services that are able to step in early, to prevent difficulties escalating to become serious problems • Targeted on those in the additional and bordering on the considerable on the Effective Support Windscreen


Early Help Commissioning Plan


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Emerging Priorities • Data from services • Child Poverty Needs Assessment • Significant areas for development – Engagement with school – Bullying, domestic violence, anti-social behaviour – Referrals to children’s social care


Early Help Commissioning Plan

The Early Help Plan • 3 Major contracts with specifications to deliver improved outcomes for children • Drawing on evidence of best practice and what works • Changing priorities over time as needs change • Flexible specifications with the focus on outcomes not services


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Setting the Outcomes • Confident and successful parents • Communities supporting families • Emotional stability and resilience


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Delivering Outcomes • Parenting support through courses and interventions to cover different issues; primarily focused on parents of children 5-18. • Community development in agreed areas of Milton Keynes • Comprehensive early intervention and preventative child and adolescent mental health service linked to counselling and support for parents


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Commissioning Early Help • The new provision closely aligned with Children’s Practices • Ensure that those receiving services are those that need them • Agreed pathways using CAF where appropriate


Early Help Commissioning Plan

What Will This Mean For You • Successful outcomes more likely to be achieved by agencies working together • Deciding what your agency can bring to the table • Not what you do or how you work – but what you can achieve • Support the market to deliver quality


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Procurement • New model of commissioning requires a new market response • Suppliers need to be agile and responsive to new methods of delivery • Time to change and adapt to demonstrate quality and value using different bidding models


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Supply chain • Different bidding models • Legally constituted consortiums • Loosely affiliated groups • Lead contractor with multiple sub contractors

• Advance preparation is essential to understand liabilities and implications of jointly bidding


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Procurement • We need to understand how sustainable your model isfinancial checks, risk assessments, insurance may be used to validate this. • You need to understand the impact on your business model, constitution, and your viability in this new structure.


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Contract management • Corporate commissioning framework sets out our intention to apply appropriate levels of performance reporting. • Outcome based specifications give greater scope to measure what matters • New commissioning model allows us to build better relationships with fewer suppliers to deliver improved outcomes


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Discussion • Initial questions and clarification • Informal groups for discussion with your neighbours • Feedback and questions


Early Help Commissioning Plan

Next Steps • • • • • •

Completing the needs profile Finalising specifications Develop contract monitoring tools Prepare documentation for tender Invitations to tender published Evaluating tenders


Presentation for Provider meeting Oct 7