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Children’s Services Procurement Unit

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The CSPU is a commissioning and procurement service that uses expertise and experience to ensure quality, compliance and value for money when purchasing services for children, young people and their families.

We specialise in procuring services that improve educational, health and wellbeing outcomes for Hampshire children and offer direct procurement support and guidance for schools and academies.

  • Service features

    Procurement Healthcheck

    Your dedicated Schools Procurement Advisor will undertake a full audit of your current spend and processes for services and will benchmark your costs against the marketplace. This service includes providing a written report that:

    • identifies best value procurement opportunities
    • illustrates purchasing trends
    • provides advice to ensure increased quality
    • details opportunities for improved procurement practice.

    Quotes, Contracts and Tendering

    When spending public money, schools must ensure that they adhere to EU Procurement regulations and that money is spent in a way that is open, fair and good value for money. Poor procurement decisions and a failure to comply with procurement legislation could result in legal challenges from providers, contracts being cancelled and financial penalties being imposed. Services that we can commission and procure on your behalf include:

    • Pupil Premium funded provision
    • after school provision
    • education & learning services for young people at risk of disengaging
    • travel and trips
    • health and wellbeing services
    • youth support services
    • outdoor activities
    • careers guidance
    • sports equipment purchases
    • curriculum support services
    • counselling services.

    Contract Management

    In order to ensure that your contracts deliver continuous quality of service and financial benefits, we can undertake robust contract and performance management of your contracts. Effective contract management will ensure that you have a two-way mutually beneficial relationship with your providers.

  • Benefits to schools

    • We aim to ensure you can purchase goods and services at the best possible price, with the right quality, in the right place and from the right provider.

    • Our services are designed to lower the overall costs of your non-staff spend, thereby allowing you to invest in the things that really matter to your school.

    • Well run contracts will save you time and allow you to focus on running your school and improving outcomes for children and young people.

    • Our team has a wide range of knowledge and expertise in commissioning and purchasing services for children, young people and their families, and carries out extensive research of the marketplace as part of the process, utilising our excellent links with local and national providers.

    • We use electronic tendering systems to ensure a competitive process which delivers best value for money, whilst our robust evaluation procedures ensure the highest quality services are commissioned.

    • Our services are designed to meet procurement legislation, ensuring you are compliant and meeting your audit responsibilities. They will also minimise any risk of legal challenges from providers, contracts being cancelled and financial penalties being imposed.

    • We are a highly skilled team of Licensed Procurement Practitioners and have a vast knowledge of the County, the services available, and the needs of Hampshire’s children and young people.

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