Decision details

Commissioning of a new White Rose Framework Residential Contract Arrangement on behalf of Yorkshire and Humber regional partners.

Reference: D48135

Decision Maker: Director of Children and Families

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the commissioning and procurement of a new contract agreement which will replace the current White Rose Looked After Children Residential Framework. This is a framework in which Leeds is the procurement lead on behalf of 14 local authorities that make up the White Rose Consortium. The contract will replace the current arrangement which is an interim contract that was started in August 2017 and has a maximum length of 2 years including an extension. The intended start date of the new contract is August 2019.

It will enable Local Authorities to make placements as required through invoicing by providers to the placements invoicing team in line with submitted prices at the point of joining the framework, but there is no commitment to any expenditure. It also enables us to monitor the quality of these services through contract management and meet the sufficiency needs of both Leeds and our partners by effective market management and promotion of working together to improve service delivery.


The Deputy Director of Children and Families approved the procurement of the White Rose Children Looked After Residential Contract Agreement.


Reason Key: Expenditure > £250,000;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Children & Families

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Consultation has been ongoing with regional partners and will continue with providers and young people via forums to discuss and invite opinion on progress throughout the commissioning process.


White Rose Framework – Residential subgroup and Strategic Commissioning Group.

Providers – Via forums and also option to join the development groups on behalf of other partners.

Young People – Through consultation with Voice and Influence teams as well as direct involvement in the setting and evaluation of tender questions etc.

Contact: Pat Michael, Commissioning Manager 0113 3785423 Email:

Publication date: 16/11/2018

Date of decision: 26/11/2018

Effective from: 04/12/2018

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