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Secure Children's Home for London Children and Pan-London Vehicle for Commissioning

Decision Maker: Mayor and Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No



1.1.        Permit the council to become a member of a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee, provisionally to be known as the Pan London Vehicle, to:

a.    develop and then oversee the running of London’s secure children’s home provision for a five-year period from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2028, with a break-point after three years once the refreshed business case has been developed as well as the service pricing structure, commissioning approach, operating model, practice model and the SCH’s location is confirmed.  Once the provision has launched, membership will be at a fixed annual cost of £20K (subject to inflation adjustment), unless an alternative model for funding the PLV, that does not require annual subscription, is agreed by members during the development phase and


b.    collaborate with other PLV members on future joint commissioning programmes.

1.2.        Commit in principle to joint oversight and risk/benefit sharing of the secure children’s home provision, through the PLV, for a five-year period to 31st March 2028 (with three-year break point),that includes the build, service development and service commissioning phases, subject to ratification after the revision of the SCH business case, and renewable on a ten yearly cycle thereafter, with break-point after five years.

1.3.        Delegate authority to Executive Director of Children & Young people’s service in consultation with the Director of Finance and the Council’s Monitoring Officer to:


a.    finalise the legal documents required to set up, join and run the PLV,


b.    make the final determination on the Council’s membership of the PLV, following completion of the revised SCH business case and, if appropriate, enter into all the legal agreements, contracts and other documents on behalf of the Council required to implement and run any aspect of the PLV arrangements,


c.     to exercise the break clause as described in paragraph 9.2 and


d.    to continue the membership of the PLV beyond March 2028.


Report author: Pinaki Ghoshal

Publication date: 13/01/2023

Date of decision: 11/01/2023

Decided at meeting: 11/01/2023 - Mayor and Cabinet

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