Functional Family Therapy Service
Gloucestershire County Council in partnership with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council, require the commission and the provision of a service that will deliver Functional Family Therapy Service to children on the cusp of care and troubled families.
UK-Gloucester: Health and social work services
Section I: Contracting authority
Gloucestershire County Council
Commissioning, Shire Hall
For the attention of: Wendy McEvoy
GL1 2TG Gloucester
Telephone: +44 1452328512
Address of the buyer profile: www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk
Further information can be obtained from: Supplying the South West
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Supplying the South West
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Supplying the South West
Section II: Object of the contract
Service category No 25: Health and social services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Sandwell.
NUTS code UKK13
Duration of the framework agreement
Duration in years: 4
Estimated total value of purchases for the entire duration of the framework agreement
Estimated value excluding VAT: 1 910 000 GBP
Gloucestershire County Council in partnership with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council, require the commission and the provision of a service that will deliver Functional Family Therapy Service to children on the cusp of care and troubled families, (in Gloucestershire) within the three commissioning areas.
The Authority’s aim is to provide an evidenced-based treatment programme for children and young people aged between 10-18 who present with significant behavioural problems that may include: families in crises due to a breakdown in parent-child relationships, antisocial or criminal activities, substance misuse, conduct disorder or oppositional defiant disorder, and who may also suffer from other mental health disorders, and who are at risk or increasing young people justice involvement and out-of-home placements.
The aim is to intervene while these high-risk children and young people are still living with their families so as to strengthen family functioning, and prevent the need for more intensive service or out of home placements. It is anticipated that this treatment will result both in cost savings and improved clinical outcomes for children and young people as well as families.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
see tender pack.
Refer to Invitation to Tender for full details.
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if requirements are met:
Refer to Invitation to Tender for full details.
Section IV: Procedure
Payable documents: no
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Authorised representatives of Gloucestershire County Council. Tender submissions are to be made electronically using www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk
Section VI: Complementary information
Outcomes for children in care tend overall to be poor, especially for children who come into care at an older age and/or suffer significant disruption. Many children will eventually return to their birth families after significant periods of separation, often finding it difficult to reintegrate into their family and community
Both the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for Education (DfE) have recognised the need to address and ‘turn around’ the lives of troubled families. Troubled families are described as those with multiple disadvantages, for example – where no one is in employment, adults who have low qualification levels, live in poor housing and have illness or disability or mental health issues. Such families will present to a number of agencies with complex problems such as being engaged in crime, truanting from education, drug misuse and are characterised by disruptive and difficult relationships within the community. The Government has challenged Local Government to identify, engage and intervene in these families to ‘turn them around’.
FFT is a treatment/parenting intervention which requires model fidelity, clinical supervision and consultation. There is increasing evidence that if delivered with fidelity to the appropriate population. FFT can reduce the need for a child to enter care or custody, or move into more intensive or costly placements, care or education. For some children FFT can reduce the length of time children are placed away from home. The implementation of any evidence based model, however, requires careful design, strong project management and support especially in the early stages. Effective stakeholder engagement, both operationally and strategically will be key to success.
Gloucestershire County Council – Claire Smart
Shire Hall, Westgate Street,
GL1 2TR Gloucester
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:10.1.2013