Decision details

Latest On-line counselling support services for Oldhams young people

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member - Neighbourhoods Services (Councillor Ateeque Ur-Rehman)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

The current contract with Xenzone, for delivery of on-line counselling support services for Oldham’s young people, expires on 31st March 2019. This report seeks approval to fund the service going forward for one more year in accordance with the provisions in the original contract which commenced in 2015 and then to re-procure the activity via a full procurement exercise.

Decision:

RESOLVED - That: authorise an extension to the current contract covering the financial year 2019/20
Oldham’s objective to see the Borough as a ‘place where children and young people thrive’ is supported by having a range of support for young people around their emotional wellbeing and mental health. There is a continued need for this type of lower level support.

Reasons for the decision:

Option 1 – cease commissioning of on-line mental health support services for children and young people following contract expiry on 31st March 2019.
Monitoring received from the current provider evidences that there is a continued need for this type of lower level support for Oldham’s young people. The fact that young people are actively involved in contract management ensures that the provider is responsive to local need. Rising demand for higher level support highlights the importance of preventative approaches. This option is therefore not thought to be viable at this time..
Option 2 - authorise an extension to the current contract covering the financial year 2019/20
Oldham’s objective to see the Borough as a ‘place where children and young people thrive’ is supported by having a range of support for young people around their emotional wellbeing and mental health. There is a continued need for this type of lower level support.

Alternative options considered:

Option 1 – cease commissioning of on-line mental health support services for children and young people following contract expiry on 31st March 2019.
Monitoring received from the current provider evidences that there is a continued need for this type of lower level support for Oldham’s young people. The fact that young people are actively involved in contract management ensures that the provider is responsive to local need. Rising demand for higher level support highlights the importance of preventative approaches. This option is therefore not thought to be viable at this time..

Publication date: 25/03/2019

Date of decision: 06/03/2019

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