Agenda item


Salford City Council - Record of Decision


I Councillor Hinds, Lead Member for Finance and Support Services and chairman of the Procurement Board, in exercise of the powers contained within the Council Constitution do hereby approve:


An exception to Contractual Standing Orders as permitted within the City Council Constitution for the reasons highlighted in the table below and the award of the Contractas detailed in the table below:

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Title/Description of Contracted Service/Supply/Project

Salford Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Provision

Name of Successful Contractor

Talk , listen Change

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


Per Annum (estimated average)

Contract Duration

12 months

Contract Start Date


Contract End Date


Optional Extension Period 1

To be confirmed after 8 months service delivery if extension to be sought

Optional Extension Period 2

Who will approve each Extension Period?

Strategic Director (extension < £150k)

Contact Officer (Name & number)

Clare Baddley

Lead Service Group

People Services

Reason for CSO Exception

(select all that apply)

The goods / services / works are only obtainable from one provider and there is no other provider available to allow genuine competition


The execution of works or the supply of goods or services is controlled by a statutory body

Delivers Best Value to the Council


Special education, health or social care contracts, if it is considered in the Council’s best interests and to meet the Council’s obligations under relevant legislation

The execution of works or the supply of goods and services is required so urgently as not to permit compliance with the requirements of competition


Security works where the publication of documents or details in the tendering process could prejudice the security of SCC and Salford residents

Procurements made through, or on behalf of, any consortium, local authority, statutory or similar body, provided that tenders or quotations are invited and contracts placed in accordance with national or EU legislation.

Funding Source

Choose an item.

Ethical Contractor

Mayor’s Employment Charter

Committed to sign up to the Charter



Accredited Living Wage Employer




The reasons are, there is no specialist support services to offer perpetrators of abuse to break the domestic abuse cycle.


The service response to Covid high-lights a significant gap in provision. Salford SIDAS Service supports victims, Salford young people’s domestic abuse service supports Children. The IDVA provision for Salford SIDAs works hard to empower victims to leave through safety planning and risk assessments. However, if we don’t actively work toward effectively challenging the behaviours of perpetrators, the cycle of abuse continues. Therefore a 12 month Covid response pilot, to work with perpetrators throughout this period and manage the increase demand the city is likely to face once restrictions are relaxed is needed.


The programme will be independently evaluated to evidence social and financial impact on a ‘spend to save’ analysis. This will help with applications for future funding. The evaluation and 12 month Covid 19 pilot will enable the provider to evidence need for the provision and the overall impact Covid had in relation to domestic abuse across Salford. The presence of this intervention will enable practitioners to better case manage, make more informed decisions and inevitably learn from the expertise of the lead provider.


The impact on the engagement of community response will increase long term impact and challenge social norms in relation to domestic abuse across the city.


Options considered and rejected were

The lead provider for perpetrator intervention across the city is Talk, Listen, Change (TLC). They are the only RESPECT accredited provider who are able to carry out this work safely. TLC are already funded to deliver intervention within Salford and are established and well known. They have evidence based interventions with a review of social impact.

A direct award to this service would ensure the most effective, swift approach and we are not aware of alternatives that offer the same value for money.


Assessment of risk

If the exception is not approved and we are unable to award the contract to TLC to deliver these services then this may have a detrimental impact on the Children and families who currently are victims of domestic abuse across the city.


The source of funding is from Clinical Commissioning Group


Legal advice obtained from: Tony Hatton, Principal Solicitor 0161 219 6323


Financial advice obtained from: Chris Mee – Strategic Finance Manager 0161 778 0434


Procurement advice obtained from: Christopher Conway, Procurement Category Manager, tel. 0161 686 6248


HR advice obtained from: N/A


Climate change implications obtained from: Michael Hemingway 0161 793 3209


Contact details

Contact Officer:       Jane Case 

Telephone number: 0161 793 3567


·       This matter is not subject to consideration by another Lead Member.

·       The appropriate Scrutiny Committees to call-in the decision are the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel and the Children’s Scrutiny Panel.



Signed:  BILL HINDS                   Dated: 30 July 2020

                    Lead Member




*         This decision was published on 31 July 2020

*         This decision will come in force at 4.00 p.m. on 7 August 2020 unless it is called-in in accordance with the Decision Making Process Rules.



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