Issue details

Request permission to undertake a competitive procurement exercise for White Rose SEND placements for arrangements commencing 1st July 2021

The White Rose Framework Agreement for Independent Education or Education and Care Placements for Children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provides suitable placement options to enable the participating Local Authorities to meet their statutory duties.

Leeds is the leading authority for this framework which currently consists of 12 Local Authorities all of which currently commission some SEND provision from external providers.

A review has been undertaken to identify the current and future commissioning priorities of member authorities and other stakeholders.  A revised timeline has been put in place which sees a tender published in January 2021.

This decision will seek approval to undertake a competitive procurement exercise to enable a new contract to be in place for 1st July 2021 ensuring continuity of provision for placing local authorities whilst the new arrangements will better reflect the current requirements and priorities of authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 27/10/2020

Decision due: Not before 25th Nov 2020 by Director of Children and Families

Lead director: Director of Children and Families

Department: Children and Families

Contact: Luke Myers, Contracts manager 0113 3785424 Email:


  • Yorkshire and Humber Children’s Services Commissioning Board
  • Head of Commissioning and Market Management, Children and Families

·  Procurement and Commercial Services

Portfolio Holder: The Executive Member for Children & Families


  • Report to be provided to the decision maker.