Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms – Supporting Parents

Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms – Supporting Parents

rk of Parent Carer Forums; and • offer a free, national helpline to parents and provide support through email and websites. The successful supplier will need a detailed understanding of the processes and systems affecting disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, and their parents and carers across education (both pre and post-16), social care and health, in the context of local organisational change.

Supporting Parents to Participate in the Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Reforms

Reference number:1221

Deadline date:05/12/2014

This deadline is for…10am 5th December 2014 for return of tenders

Contract value: £1,000,000 – £1,500,000

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

On 1 September, Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 took effect, offering simpler, improved and more consistent help for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. As well as extending provision from birth to 25 years of age, the new system will: • replace statements and learning disability assessments with a new birth-to-25 Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan – setting out in one place all the support families will receive; • require better co-operation between councils and health services to make sure services for children and young people with SEN and disabilities are jointly planned and commissioned; • give parents and young people with EHC plans the offer of a personal budget; • require councils to publish a ‘local offer’ showing the support available in the area to all children and young people who have disabilities or SEN; • introduce mediation for disputes; and • introduce a new legal right for children and young people with an EHC plan to express a preference for state academies, free schools and further education (FE) colleges – currently limited to maintained mainstream and special schools. As the changes bed in during the course of the 2015-16 Financial Year, the Government expects that local authorities will continue to engage with parents to ensure they effectively participate in implementing the SEN and disability reforms in local areas, and have access to information and advice at a national level to support and complement information, advice and support services provided by local authorities, and other voluntary, private and community sector organisations. For this contract, the Department for Education is seeking to procure services aimed at improving parent participation in the SEN and disability reforms. The Department for Education is therefore seeking tenders from single organisations or consortia to: • provide support to up to 152 Parent Carer Forums, and administer and quality assure a grant for Forums (separately funded to this contract) • where a Forum does not exist in a particular area, promote and encourage parent participation with the aim of establishing a Forum • support the National Network of Parent Carer Forums; and • offer a free, national helpline to parents and provide support through email and websites. The successful supplier will need a detailed understanding of the processes and systems affecting disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, and their parents and carers across education (both pre and post-16), social care and health, in the context of local organisational change. Estimated value: The proposed budget will be up to £1.5m over the one year period. Length of contract: One year with the possibility of an extension for up to two years.

 

Classification of the contract

80000000Education and training services

85000000Health and social work 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:12 Months

Who to contact

Contact nameSENDcontracts2015-16@education.gsi.gov.uk

Organisation nameDepartment for Education

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How to apply

Download an invitation to tender letter from the ‘Supporting Documents’ section. Please note: Bidders may also wish to be aware of the Department for Education’s Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) National Grants Programme, which will provide funding of up to £25 million in 2015-16. A prospectus setting out details of the grants programme and how to apply is now available from the Contracts Finders website. The programme is open to voluntary and community sector organisations, social enterprises and others bidding on a not-for-profit basis. It covers seven policy priority areas: • early education and childcare. • special educational needs and disability • children’s mental health • safeguarding children • children in care • adoption • family advice and support Proposals for funded activity under the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) National Grants Programme should be submitted to the Department by noon on 21 November.