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Children’s Services Commissioning Team

Commissioning improved outcomes for children and their families is a much broader activity than purely procuring goods and services. It is fundamentally dependant upon strong leadership, capable people and effective processes.

We define Commissioning as the process for deciding how to use the total resource available for children and their families in order to continuously improve outcomes in the most efficient, effective, economic, equitable and sustainable way.

Commissioning Framework

In Lincolnshire we utilise a Commissioning Framework rather than a Commissioning Strategy to deliver our Commissioning intentions.

This provides a more integrated approach to commissioning covering strategic, operational and individual levels of commissioning. The Commissioning Framework incorporates our:

  • Vision
  • Our Principles
  • Governance Arrangements - Agency Constitutions and the Children & Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP)
  • Our Priorities - Outlined within our Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP)
  • Commissioning Process
  • Commissioning Approach
  • Early Intervention and Prevention Strategy - Currently Our Strengthening Families Strategy
  • Parenting Strategy - Currently Our Parenting Journey
  • Participation Strategy
  • Budget Plan
  • Individual Plans and Direct Payments
  • Delivery and Action Plans
  • Workforce Development Plan
  • Procurement Plan
  • Performance Management & Quality Assurance System

We are committed to continuous improvement and if you have any suggestions or comments that may help to improve our commissioning framework please contact a member of the commissioning team on 01522 553352 to discuss your ideas in more detail.


Lincolnshire County Council is committed to achieving Value for Money and Best Value when carrying out its commissioning and procurement activities.

One factor in ensuring this are the Council’s Contract and Procurement Procedure Rules.

Source Lincolnshire

Source Lincolnshire is an advertising portal that enables you to improve the visibility of contracting opportunities to local businesses and is an excellent tool to bring buyers and suppliers together as it makes it easier for businesses to find out about new opportunities.

The system not only lists contracts which companies can bid for now, it lists contracts that are coming up in the future. Suppliers can register to receive email notifications when contract opportunities arise.

Perhaps the most important benefit to using this system is that it helps LCC meet the requirements set by the Transparency Agenda as it clearly shows how money is being spent and on what goods and services. This demonstrates openness and shows accountability for the procurement activities of Local Authorities.

Source Lincolnshire is not an e-Tendering tool or any alternative route to the normal procurement exercise and the usual procurement procedures should be followed as detailed in the Contract and Procurement rules (see link).

It is a mandatory requirement to advertise all Contracts with a total Contract value of £25,000 and above on Source Lincolnshire and this is facilitated for Children’s Services by the Children’s Commissioning Team.

Delta eSourcing

Delta eSourcing is a web-based service that allows buyers and suppliers to engage with each other to achieve greater efficiency in all aspects of the procurement process.

It is used for handling the full life cycle of the tendering process for the public sector and its suppliers, from initial notification of requirements through Expressions of Interest, the issuing of Invitations to Tender (ITTs) and receiving and evaluating the final tenders, including optional reverse auctions.

Contact Us

Let us know your views on our contracted Providers of services!

Email ProviderFeedback@lincolnshire.gov.uk with any feedback/concerns/compliments regarding Providers can be communicated directly to the Commissioning Team.


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Last updated: 20 February 2018

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