Decision details

PCC - Amendment to Decision - Commissioning of Phase 3 Social Switch Project – Safer Digital Access for young people

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, GM Deputy Mayor, Treasurer GMCA

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


There is currently a great deal of media publicity and topical debate related to school-based harassment, bullying and the pressures faced by the native digital generation impacting on mental health and resilience. Schools are well placed to support young people to use technology safely but given the 24/7 nature of digital communications cannot do so efficiently in isolation. There is a call for GM school to access staff for training and programme for their young person in tandem with effective parental engagement and a whole community approach to online protocols.

The GM VRU invited expressions of interest and requested quotes via the network of extended partners connected to the four VRU delivery strands between May – July 2022.


Further to the previously published Decision Notice. This notice is an amendment of an original notice published in September 2022 takes into account the additional charges in respect of administrative work, not factored in the original notice which was to the value of £34,999.

The GM VRU are seeking to award Zoe Appleton Consultancy £44,999 to deliver phase 3 of the Social Switch Project for safer digital access for Young People across Greater Manchester over the academic year 2022/23 between September 2022 and July 2023.

The project specification has been distributed between VRU partners via the delivery strand networks and extended to partners across GM.
Having received one return in the form of a fully costed proposal, Zoe Appleton Consulting are deemed able to deliver against the specification criteria.

Zoe Appleton Consultancy was previously awarded £46,800 to deliver phase 1 and 2 of the Social Switch programme out of the 2020/21 and 2021/22 Serious Violence funding following a successful quote submission. The funding amount awarded to Zoe Appleton since the 2021/22 funding cycle totals to £91,799

Publication date: 13/01/2023

Date of decision: 08/12/2022