Decision details

All Age Advocacy Tender

Decision Maker: Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To approve the strategic procurement plan for an all age advocacy service.


RECOMMENDED that the Executive Member for Children, Young People and Learning the Executive approve the Strategic Procurement Plan for procuring a provider for all age advocacy for Bracknell Forest residents.

Reasons for the decision:

       i.         The Care Act 2014 and The Children and Families Act 2014 place a duty on local authorities to provide access for residents of each local authority area to advocacy support to ensure each person’s voice is heard in relation to their care and support. For Bracknell Forest this is through an adult advocacy contract, with spot purchases for children and young people (CYP) on an ‘as needed’ basis. The adult advocacy contract is being extended until 30 September 2022.


     ii.         In line with BFC’s People directorate, an all age advocacy provision will allow for streamlined advocacy support for CYP as they approach adulthood, avoiding the need for change at a challenging time of their life.


    iii.         The procurement will ensure:

·       Compliance with the Council’s Contract Standing Orders, in accordance with the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

·       The Council meets its Statutory Duties under The Care Act 2014 and The Children and Families Act 2014, which set out clear expectations for local authorities, including:

·       ensuring that people are able to access advocacy support to help them have their voice heard in decisions about their care and support

·       ensuring care and support decisions are reached that align with individuals’ wishes

·       ensuring appropriate oversight of provision and the accountability of the provider


Alternative options considered:

As detailed in the Strategic Procurement Plan

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Financial Impact: Unknown until tenders have been submitted

Declarations: None

Subject to Urgent Proceedings: No

Making Representations: In writing to the Executive Director: People

Other reasons / organisations consulted

The Commissioning team will consult with key stakeholders through a variety of communication channels: telephone, meetings, feedback requests


Adults Operational Teams
Children’s Operational Teams
Service providers
Other local authorities
Service users

Contact: Thom Wilson, Assistant Director: Commissioning Email: Tel: 01344 354142.

Report author: Thom Wilson

Publication date: 16/11/2021

Date of decision: 16/11/2021

Decided at meeting: 16/11/2021 - Executive

Effective from: 25/11/2021

Accompanying Documents: