Commissioning of the Kooth online counselling system (FOI)
Commissioning of the Kooth online counselling system (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 04 January 2021.
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Please can you advise the process by which Government commissioned Kooth for a 14 month pilot of their mental health app. Also please advise the full cost of commissioning this service.
The process for commissioning Kooth on a 14 month pilot of their online counselling and support is as follows:
a mental health redesign program enabled review of existing children and young people's mental and emotional wellbeing
a questionnaire for children and young people identified over 50% of those who responded would like to access support online
COVID-19 accelerated the need for mental health aid and reduced availability for face-to-face support
researching Kooth as the market leader and accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and what they could offer in relation to Jersey's needs and requirements
discussing a delivery model with the Isle of Man who have recently procured Kooth and have a similar demographic identifying issues and lessons learnt.
ensuring key performance indicators can be monitored to ensure the product meets the needs of Jersey's children and young people
ensuring the model is in line with local procedures including safeguarding
completion of a full Data Protection Impact Assessment and Non-Functional Requirements assessment
research team including representation from commercial, legal, IT and information governance
The full cost of commissioning the service is £52,200 for 14 months.