Decision details

Contract Extension for the Oxleas NHS Trust Counselling and Support Service for Vulnerable Adults

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care (job-share)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report seeks approval to extend the contract for the Counselling and Support Service for Vulnerable Adults.

Established in September 2015 the service constitutes part of the wider support and compensation package that has been put in place to assist individuals who have experienced and/or been affected by abuse and/or neglect whilst in the care of Shirley Oaks and other children’s homes managed by Lambeth Council.

The contract ended on 30th September 2018 and the intention to extend the contract from 1st October up to 30th June 2020 to provide psychological support to vulnerable people who may affected by abuse. Extension of the contract will ensure that that the council fulfils its obligations to safeguard the wellbeing of individuals, many of whom have significant emotional and psychological needs as a consequence the abuse and neglect they suffered.

This will mean that medium to longer term support is in place for individuals, including those who may wish to give to testimony to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) or making applications for compensation under the Lambeth Redress Scheme.



1.    To note expenditure of up to £177,789.38 during the period 1st October 2018 to 12 March 2019.


2.    To waive section 9.2 of the Council’s Standing Orders to extend the contract for the Lambeth Counselling and Support Service to Vulnerable Adults with Oxleas NHS Trust from 12 March 2019 to 30 June 2020 for an amount of £519,188.62 and a total extension value of £696,978.  The total contract value since September 2015 is £1,172,978.


Publication date: 04/03/2019

Date of decision: 12/03/2019

Effective from: 20/03/2019

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