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Apologies for absence


Declarations of interest


To approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting held on 21st April 2021 pdf icon PDF 314 KB


Matters arising


Decision items - Part 1 (open to the public)


Request for Approval - Contract Award - Cohort 7 of the Step Up to Social Work Programme (Postrgraduate Diploma in Social Work) on behalf of the Greater Manchester Regional Partnership pdf icon PDF 368 KB


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I Paul Dennett, City Mayor, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution do hereby approve the award of the following contract for the delivery of Step Up to Social Work programme;


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Title/Description of Contracted Service/Supply/Project

Delivery of Cohort 7 of the Step Up to Social Work Programme

Name of Successful Contractor

The University of Salford

Supplier Registration Number

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)

Type of organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)

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Status of Organisation

(to be supplied by Corporate Procurement)

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Contract Value


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Contract Duration

24 months

Contract Start Date


Contract End Date


Optional Extension Period 1

An extension is available up to the end of cohort 7, subject to the continued funding from DfE

Optional Extension Period 2

Who will approve each Extension Period?

Procurement Board (extension > £150k)

Contact Officer (Name & number)

Chris Rourke

Lead Service Group

People Services

How the contract was procured?

(to be supplied by procurement)

Tender (open)

Framework Details (where applicable)

(procurement body, framework reference & title, start/ end date


Funding Source


Ethical Contractor


Mayor’s Employment Charter




Accredited Living Wage Employer




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 Social Work England (SWE) and become practicing social workers.


Assessment of Risk: Step Up to Social Work is assisting Children Services in all 10 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.

HR Advice has been obtained

Climate Change Implications have been obtained

Contact Officer: Chris Rourke

Telephone number: 0161 607 7174


This matter 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:     PAUL DENNETT                   Dated: 12th May 2021                                              

                    City Mayor



*         This decision was published on 13th May 2021

*         This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on 20th May unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.



Any other business - Part 1 (open to the public)


Date and time of next meeting

10:00am on Wednesday 26th May 2021.