The Future of Children’s Centres in Brent Consultation Exercise

The Future of Children’s Centres in Brent Consultation Exercise

As part of the stakeholder consultation, the Council now wishes to seek the views of organisations/suppliers operating in the area regarding the most appropriate routes to follow to improve services in our children’s centres in the future.

London Borough of Brent
THE FUTURE OF CHILDREN’S CENTRES IN BRENT CONSULTATION EXERCISE
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At its Cabinet meeting of the 10th of November 2014 Brent Council’s Cabinet agreed the following recommendation;

‘Cabinet approves officers commencing a programme of consultation and engagement with service users, staff and other stakeholders, reporting back to Cabinet in January 2015 with proposals for a sustainable model of delivery for the children’s centres.’

A full copy of the report is available to download from the system once you have expressed an interest in this advert.

As part of the stakeholder consultation, the Council now wishes to seek the views of organisations/suppliers operating in the area regarding the most appropriate routes to follow to improve services in our children’s centres in the future.

It will be noted that one of the options highlighted in the report is possible outsourcing and Brent Council has prepared a draft specification should the option of outsourcing be considered appropriate.  We would therefore welcome comments on any aspects of the attached draft outline specification.

We would also welcome your views on the following questions:

·      Should the Council’s Cabinet  take a decision to invite third parties to operate centres on our behalf, what operating/business model would you suggest we follow? This may include:

·         a single contract,

·         a cluster arrangement.

·         a quadrant approach

·         other  – please specify

·         How long should any arrangement run for?

·         How long from contract award to contract start up do you think would be required for effective mobilisation assuming 14 centres are included in any package as per the information contained in the attached specification?

·         What services should be included/excluded in the contract?

·        What are your views on how centres might be better utilised for the benefit of the community and to generate additional income to support the service and other improvements?

We would be grateful to receive your comments on these and other issues relating to the specification by Wednesday 17th of December or earlier.

Any comments/feedback which you make will be treated in confidence.  Whilst there would be no intention to share the identity of the organisation proposgin comments/feedback, subject to Cabinet approval such comments/feedback may be adopted by the Council in it’s approach to improving services in our children’s centres.

If you would like to find out more about the exercise and share your views with us in person,  Brent Council will be  holding an open forum on Wednesday the 10th of December from 10-12 am at Civic Centre. To attend the event please e-mail:  Tony Jain via the discussion section of the portal  with the names of your representatives by 5:00pm 8th December 2014.

Contact:
Mr Tony Jain
Email Address:
tony.jain@brent.gov.uk
Telephone:
+44 2089371631
Address:
Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way
Wembley
Middlesex
HA9 0FJ
United Kingdom
Key Dates
09/01/2015
09/01/2015
18/11/2014 11:00
09/01/2015 12:00
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