VALUES BASED PROCUREMENT
In an example of cross-departmental collaboration, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government are also involved. These departments have all signed the Care Leaver Covenant and reviewed their current policy and practices with a view to making them more ‘care-leaver friendly’, and impacting on one, or more, of the five key outcomes.
Moving into adulthood
For any young person, moving into adulthood and starting to make their own way in the world can be extremely daunting and a huge learning curve. Imagine how difficult it is for those young people that don’t have the backing of a supportive family to help them along the way and to be there for them when things don’t go to plan.
For young people that have grown up in the care system, leaving care and striking out on their own can be a massively challenging time. As corporate parents to care leavers, local authorities have a responsibility to make sure that these young people are as ready for the next stage of their lives as they possibly can be and continue to get support along the way.
But this responsibility shouldn’t just sit with children’s services and care providers.
To be truly effective, the role of corporate parent should extend across the whole commonwealth of towns and cities and include partners across the private, public and voluntary sectors. Just imagine the range of opportunities that this could offer to vulnerable young people to help them feel valued and more prepared to take their first steps into independence.
Just having access to the same kind of opportunity and support that their peers have could make a huge difference to many young people and have a really positive impact on preparing them to live independently, achieve financial stability, give them practical and emotional support, help them to establish stability in their lives and be able to achieve their ambitions.
This toolkit is designed to assist councils adopt a “whole council approach” and include their executive officers, social services, community investment, health, housing, corporate services and their procurement teams in the creation of social value objectives, many of which can be aligned with the core outputs of the Care Leaver Covenant, and which can be secured through their procurement processes.
In particular, the toolkit seeks to provide guidance and example wording which councils can use and adapt to encourage bidders to incorporate social value initiatives into their bids which will help to achieve the core outcomes of the Care Leaver Covenant.
Our Champions use the powers and duties in the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2017 to consider care leavers’ needs at the pre-procurement stage.
With the help of leading law firm Trowers & Hamlins, we have produced a guide to procurement and using Social Value provisions. It contains a toolkit with examples of contract notices and question.
ENGIE: VOLUNTEERING RENOVATING A GARDEN FOR A CARE LEAVER
ENGIE contacted job centres, local schools & colleges in the Stockport area where we are working on Elisabeth Gardens to work collaboratively with Engie on a number of initiatives.
How we’ve come to collaborate with leading care leaver charities and other voluntary organisations across the country. Organisations that sign up to the Covenant make ‘offers’ of support relating to education, employment, training, housing, security, health, financial...
Ryan & Engie
This video will show the home renovations undertaken by ENGIE for Ryan in his new home.