{meta} Decision - Request for Contract Extension - Step up to Social Work

Decision details

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I, Councillor Hinds, as chair of the Procurement Board and in exercise of the powers contained within the City Council constitution do hereby approve:


The award of the following contract for the delivery of Step Up to Social Work programme:


Detail required

Name of Successful Contractor

Salford University

Supplier Registration Number

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)


Type of organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)

Registered Charity

Status of Organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)


Contract Value


Full Project

Contract Duration

21 months

Contract Start Date


Contract End Date


Optional Extension Period 1

An extension is available up to the end of cohort 6, subject to the continued funding from DfE

Who will approve each Extension Period?

Procurement Board (extension > £100k)

Contact Officer (Name & number)

Elaine Johnston Jones

0161 603 4187

Lead Service Group

Children's Services


How the contract was procured?

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)

Tender (Open)

Funding Source



The Reasons are that Salford Council acts as lead for the Greater Manchester Regional Partnership.  On behalf of the partnership Salford City Council also holds the contract for the academic input which allows the award of Postgraduate Diploma in social work to be made to candidates – thus allowing them to be registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and become practicing social workers.


Assessment of Risk: Step Up to Social Work is assisting Children Services in all 9 participating Local Authorities to meet their social work staffing requirements. This is achieved by providing high quality staff able to ‘hit the ground running’. As a tailored children and families training programme, it allows trainees to work towards a Postgraduate Diploma in social work, alongside intensive hands-on experience. Failure to participate has an impact on the recruitment strategy of social workers.


The source of funding is 100% grant funded through the DfE.

Legal Advice has been obtained.

Financial Advice has been obtained.

Procurement Advice has been obtained.


Contact Officer:       Elaine Johnston Jones    Tel: 0161 603 4187


*         This decision is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member


*         The appropriate scrutiny committee to call-in the decision is the Children’s Scrutiny Panel.




Signed:     BILL HINDS               Dated:      28 November 2018                           

                     Lead Member




*         This decision was published on 28 November 2028      


*         This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on 5 December 2018                                            unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.


Publication date: 28/11/2018

Date of decision: 28/11/2018

Decided at meeting: 28/11/2018 - Procurement Board

Effective from: 06/12/2018

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