Decision details

Approval to Enter Into a S256 Agreement with the CCG and a S75 Agreement with the CPFT - FEB21/CMDN/82

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education, Skills and the University

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet Member:


1.    Authorised the Council to enter into a Section 256 Agreement with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group for the joint commissioning of the Youth Offending Service Psychology Service, from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2024.

2.    Authorised the Council to enter into a Section 75 agreement in partnership with CCC, together the Authorities, and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust to provide the Youth Offending Psychology Services from 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2024.

Reasons for the decision:

The jointly commissioned service will enable the delivery of an integrated Psychology Service for young people and their families across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, thereby improving outcomes for children and young people.


The service has been reviewed, to ensure that the needs of young people and their families are met, whilst providing a consistent offer to young people and families. There is a rising demand for services. In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough during recent years there has been an increasing number of young people requiring intensive support, as well as an increase in the number of complex cases supported by the Youth Offending Team and Targeted Youth Support Service.


As a result of the changing complex caseload of young people currently vulnerable to and involved in Criminal Exploitation and Youth Violence there is a need to embed a trauma informed formulation model to Cambridgeshire YOS and Peterborough TYSS that needs to be overseen by an appropriate psychologist or clinician. Psychology and clinical staff are consistently hard to recruit and retain outside of core CAMHS services, which has required a review of posts, grades and support structure.

Alternative options considered:

To do nothing – this was rejected as the agreement between Peterborough City Council and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG enables delivery of a wider range of services to children and young people, which will improve outcomes for this group.

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Publication date: 23/02/2021

Date of decision: 23/02/2021

Effective from: 27/02/2021

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