Decision details

Award of Contract for Surrey Diagnostic Scoping

Decision Maker: Executive Director Children, Families Lifelong Learning and Culture

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No



It was AGREED that:


1.           A contract is awarded to Newton Europe Limited under the CROWN COMMERCIAL SERVICES (CCS) RM6187 MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY FRAMWORK THREE (MCF3) Lot 3 – Complex & Transformation.


Reasons for the decision:

A)   the specialist expertise and experience in children’s service required to bring to the diagnostic.  Newton Europe has a unique offer in the context of Surrey children’s social care services, robust methodology and proven experience in this are: specifically:

·         A diagnostic methodology designed by Newton Europe that is accurate and robust to the extent that the delivery partner is prepared to put 100% of their fees at risk on the basis of achieving the opportunities identified during the diagnostic.

·         Ability to rapidly mobilise a team of full-time employed individuals, without need for sub-contractors or associated, thereby providing a guarantee of consistency and quality of diagnostic support.

·         Deep subject-matter expertise and proven track-record, not only in children’s social care services, but also key adjacent services that interact in safeguarding children and young people:

o   Adult social care services (through transitions)

o   SEND (through CWD)

o   Healthcare services (physical and mental health)

·         Experience of having worked in people services (children’s social care, SEND, adult social care and housing) in over 50 local authorities in England

·         Experience and expertise in the specific challenges faced by upper-tier county authorities, with strong links into key industry bodies such as the County Councils Network

B)   the speed with which the local authority requires this diagnostic to be initiated (no later than January 2024) and complete (19th April 2024). 

The timeframe for findings is critical to the effective implementation of the next phase of transformation activity at pace. This is amplified by the wider change context, with SCC Chief Executive transition, anticipated UK elections, and preparation for imminent Ofsted ILACS inspection.

Alternative options considered:

See procurement report

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

See procurement report


Publication date: 05/02/2024

Date of decision: 25/01/2024