Befriending Short Breaks Preferred Provider Framework
The Service will enable and support children and young people to live ordinary family lives, to have fun, try new activities, gain independence and make friends.
- Tower Hamlets
- ESCW(C)4935 Preferred Provider Framework Agreement Befriending Short Breaks
- Contract Title:
ESCW(C)4935 Preferred Provider Framework Agreement Befriending Short Breaks
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) is seeking expressions of interest from interested organisations for the above services and / or goods.
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced organisations to be included in a ‘Preferred Provider Framework’ for the delivery of a befriending service, primarily for children and young people with disabilities.
The Service will enable and support children and young people to live ordinary family lives, to have fun, try new activities, gain independence and make friends. The Service will provide families with a short break from their caring responsibilities.
The Service shall primarily be provided for the following children and young people, aged 5 to 17, via referrals from the Council’s Short Breaks Co-ordinator:
· Children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and severe learning difficulties
· Children and young people with complex health needs, including those with physical and/or learning disabilities, those who require palliative care (continuing care) and those with associated sensory impairments. Complex health needs includes children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex and severe medical needs who may also have additional physical and/or sensory impairment.
The Service shall also be available to the following people:
· Young people with disabilities aged 18 to 25 – referrals for these young people will come from the Council’s Community Learning Disability Service (CLDS).
· Children and young people aged 5 to 17 who are young carers. A young carer is defined as a “person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for an adult”. This includes “providing practical or emotional support” which is not “under or by virtue of a contract, or as voluntary work” (Children and Families Act, 2014). Tower Hamlets Young Carers describe their caring responsibility as “taking on a practical and/or emotional caring responsibility that would be normally expected of an adult”. Referrals for young carers shall come from the Council’s Children’s Commissioning Team.
The overall value of the business to be transacted via the Preferred Provider Framework will be:
· Up to an estimated £220,000 per annum for children and young people with disabilities aged 5 to 17
· Up to an estimated £41,000 per annum for young people with disabilities aged 18 to 25
· Up to an estimated £20,000 per annum for young carers.
Inclusion in the Framework will not in itself guarantee any particular level of business to be transacted with each Service Provider, as this will be based on price and service user choice. Standard contractual terms and conditions will be agreed with each Service Provider prior to inclusion on the Framework. Individual referrals from the Council’s Short Break Coordinator; the Council’s Community Learning Disability Team (CLDS) or the Council’s Children’s Commissioning Team will subsequently be used to create a contract for service on an individual basis.
The Preferred Provider Framework will be limited to a maximum of two service providers.
Depending on the needs of the child or young person, the Service Provider will support a child/ young person on a 1:1 basis; or as part of a group on a ratio of 1 staff to 2 children/young people (1:2), or 1 staff to 3 children/ young people (1:3). The appropriate ratios for the child/ young person will be discussed and agreed as part of the referral from the Council.
The Service Provider shall support the development of person centered approaches and at all times be focused on the outcomes of the service user. The Service Provider shall improve the outcomes for disabled children, young people and their families, by:
· extending children and young people’s horizons by enabling them to have new experiences which are matched to their assessed needs, helping them to develop new skills and exercise choice, utlising the range of resources across the borough and surrounging areas to enhance their experiences
· supporting and strengthening families by giving them a break from their caring responsibilities
· offering age-appropriate, enjoyable and stimulating activities of the child or young person’s choice in a safe setting
· supporting children and young people to develop their social and emotional skills to enhance their ability to establish and maintain positive friendships and other one-to-one and group relationships outside their home
· building children and young people’s personal resilience so they can successfully deal with all life experiences and transitions
· supporting children and young people to develop their confidence and to have increased aspirations
· supporting children and young people to develop independence skills, positive self- identity and mutual respect and empathy.
The Service Provider will register their service with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) with a named registered manager prior to the service start date and for the duration of the contract.
The Council is committed to improving the quality of life for both residents and businesses within Tower Hamlets. In line with The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 the authority will consider how this procurement might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the relevant area. In order to achieve this, it is our objective to work with existing and future contractors to secure an appropriate level of community benefits through the procurement process. Detailed guidance and minimum levels of the economic and community benefit applicable to this tender will be available within the tender documentation.
The anticipated contract start date is: Friday, 01 January 2016
The estimated value of the contract is:
£843,000 Total Cost
(£281,000 Per Annum)
For a period of: Two years. The Council may extend the Contract Period by up to a maximum of another one year period by giving written notice to the Service Provider.
LBTH requires organisations to pay the London Living Wage and offer community benefits in the form of local job offerings, wherever possible and amongst other things set out in the procurement documents.
Organisations wishing to express their interest are requested to register on the London Tenders Portal ( www.londontenders.org) where the tender documentation will be available for download. You may be required to complete a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
Organisations must ensure that access to the system is available to their representatives dealing with the contract. The council will not be liable for the lack of delegated access within the organisation and will not send any documentation regarding the contract, which shall be exclusively available through the portal.
Tenderers are responsible for allowing sufficient time to submit their ITT/PQQ. The Council accepts no liability whatsoever for ITT/PQQs that are not submitted due to internet connectivity issues, transmission delays or errors.
Deadline for expression of interest and return of tender is:
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 at 12 noon
LBTH is an Equal Opportunities Employer and a supporter of Ethical Governance, our protocol can be found here along with Or via:
LBTH does not undertake to invite all applicants or bind itself to accept the lowest or any Tender. LBTH will not be liable for any costs incurred in tendering for this contract.
If you require any further information please contact:
- Mrs Jay Bains
- Email Address:
- 020 7364 4015
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