London authorities are facing an unsustainable financial risk as expenditure on provision for children with high needs grows both in SEND and social care, due to growing demand, shrinking supply, and increasing provider fees. In response to this shortfall of provision and the associated financial risk, we are working to understand the key factors behind these pressures and developing collaborative solutions across a variety of commissioned services.
The Pan-London Placement Commissioning Programme is taking forward a range of projects to improve placement sufficiency, quality and value for money for London local authorities in order to improve outcomes for London children.
- Build a strong understanding across London of the factors which are putting pressure on commissioned services
- Build an evidence base in support of sub-regional and regional collaborative commissioning as a solution to the pressures London is facing
- Strengthen partnership arrangements for specific commissioned services across London and the sub-regions
- Open new, high quality London provision for London children
The Resources and Commissioning Programme is taken forward by the Pan-London Placements Commissioning Panel. This panel is chaired by Chris Munday (DCS Barnet) and reports to ALDCS and the LIIA Board.