Relationship Support Activities Department for Education

Relationship Support Activities Department for Education

Procurement exercise for the delivery of relationship support activities from December 2012 to March 2015. The economic, social and emotional cost of family breakdown makes the case for investment in relationship support clear. The annual cost of relationship breakdown to society is estimated to be £44 billion.

Reference number: 1021

Deadline date:28/09/2012

This deadline is for… 10am 28th September 2012 for return of tenders

Contract value:£15,000,000 – £15,500,000

Location where the contract is to be carried out: England

Is this suitable for smaller suppliers? Yes

Is this contract suitable for a voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations? Yes

Name of the buying organisation: Department for Education


Description of the contract

The Government attaches a high priority to relationship support and has committed a dedicated fund of £30 million over the period 2011-15 to supporting it. This meets the Coalition Government’s commitment to “put funding for relationship support on a stable, long-term footing, and to make sure that couples are given greater encouragement to use existing relationship support”. The economic, social and emotional cost of family breakdown makes the case for investment in relationship support clear. The annual cost of relationship breakdown to society is estimated to be £44 billion (Relationships Foundation). Not only does relationship breakdown impact immediately on the health and wellbeing of the whole family, we also know that children who experience parental relationship breakdown are more likely to experience relationship breakdown in their own adult relationships. Procurement exercise We are seeking to award contracts under seven lots through this procurement exercise. Lots A – F are for the delivery of services of national (England only) significance on a contractual basis. Lot G is for national policy and infrastructure development (also England only) and will be delivered via a grant. The lots are as follows: Lot A: Universal preventative relationship support (April 2013 – March 2015) Lot B: Targeted preventative relationship support (December 2012 – March 2015) Lot C: Culture change (to change attitudes to seeking relationship support) (December 2012 – March 2015) Lot D: Support for couples experiencing difficulties (April 2013 – March 2015) Lot E: Training – Local children’s and families workforce (to help them recognise and respond to those with relationship problems) (April 2013 – March 2015) Lot F: Training – Developing expert practitioners (April 2013 – March 2015) Lot G: Strategic grant – policy and infrastructure development for the local market (December 2012 – March 2015) The overall funding available for this procurement, from 2012 – 2015 is: 2012-13 £1.3m 2013-14 £6.7m 2014-15 £7.5m The Department would like to encourage organisations to submit partnership or consortium bids where possible to reduce duplication and ensure coherence. We welcome bids from public, private and voluntary sector organisations of any size, either on their own or as part of a partnership with others. It is essential that the organisation(s) which will be delivering the services have previous experience of delivering relationship support activities. You can apply by completing the relevant response template and returning it to by the 10:00am on the 28 September. More details can be found on the relationship support section of the DfE website at .




Classification of the contract

85312300 Guidance and counselling services

85000000 Health and social work services

79411000 General management consultancy services

79315000 Social research services


Additional information

Contract type: Services – Unspecified

Is it a framework agreement? No

Is this contract related to a programme of funding? No

Contract will be awarded based on: Most economically advantageous tender in terms of: The criteria stated in the contract documents

Estimated length of contract: 03/12/2012 – 31/03/2015


Who to contact

Contact name

Organisation name Department for Education

Address , SW1P 3BT


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How to apply

Tender documents and further information can be found on