Decision details


Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Families

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes




  1. The contract be awarded, following a negotiated tender process, to Bromley Mencap for a three year contract commencing October 2021 with an option to extend for up to two years.


  1. Approval of the 2 year extension options be delegated to the Chief Officer; subject to agreement with the Assistant Director Governance & Contracts, the Director of Corporate Services and the Director of Finance.


Reasons for the decision:

As well as providing meaningful, fulfilling activities for children and young people with SEND and respite for parents and carers, Short Breaks have been shown to play a vital role in family cohesion and support. Many parents have reported that Short Breaks, particularly overnight respite, are vital in allowing them time away from their caring responsibilities. In this sense, Short Breaks are important as a preventative service, without which an increased number of children and young people with SEND are more likely to be subject to care orders when families are unable to continue to fulfil their caring responsibilities due to the physical, mental and emotional strain of the role.


Publication date: 15/09/2021

Date of decision: 15/09/2021

Effective from: 23/09/2021

Current call-in Count: 0

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