The Children and Young Peoples Forum is happening on Tuesday the 10th September at 10am here at STRiVE. The full agenda will be sent out next week, however, I wanted to make organisations aware that the first 90 minutes of the forum will be used to facilitate a discussion around Commissioning and Procurement in Children’s Services, Raymy Boyle, acting on behalf of CCPS will facilitate a discussion around this at the meeting on 10th September. Raymy was formerly a Service Manager in East Lothian Children’s Services and then worked in East Lothian as part of the National Third Sector GIRFEC project, so brings prior experience of the area in these different roles. (See note below)
The Coalition of Care & Support Providers research has evidenced a shared view that current commissioning and procurement practice in children’s services is not necessarily producing the best outcomes for children and young people. Recent discussions with local authority colleagues in East Lothian have also highlighted a willingness on their part to explore how current arrangements are working and what can be done to improve them. This presents an opportunity to engage in dialogue around the current reality, explore alternatives and work collaborative across the third sector and local authority to develop underpinning principles which align commissioning and procurement focus with identified need and priorities.
We would welcome your input on this to support a re-connection to the intention laid out in the Christie Commission report (2011), which stated that our thinking be informed by a particular ethos – a set of guiding beliefs or principles – that should underpin the delivery of public services to the citizens of Scotland. This, in turn, will determine a culture of partnership, informing and influencing an effective and outcome focused commissioning and procurement process.
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