Tender for Independent Fostering Agency Services
Framework Agreement for the provision of independent fostering agency services across 16 local authorities that comprise the South-Central IFA Framework consortium.
A Framework Agreement for the Provision of Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) Services
Southampton City Council
- Welfare services for children and young people – 85311300
Location of contract
South East, South West, Wales
Value of contract
£400,000,000 to £750,000,000
28 July 2021
7 September 2021
Contract start date
1 April 2022
Contract end date
31 March 2028
Open procedure (OJEU)
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This procurement is for the establishment of a framework agreement for the provision of independent fostering agency services across sixteen (16) local authorities that comprise the South-Central IFA Framework consortium. This ITT is to establish a Framework Agreement between Southampton City Council (on behalf of the South-Central IFA Framework consortium) and those tenderers successful in their applications to be accepted on to the framework to enable the provision of foster care placements in accordance with the terms of the framework agreement.
The consortium have the following needs from independent fostering agency placements:
Foster carers for children of all ages, but particularly for older children aged 10-15 years. Foster carers who can meet higher levels of need, complexity and risk.
Foster carers who can care for sibling groups – particularly large sibling groups.
Foster carers who care for parent and child placements
Foster carers who can care for disabled children- especially with adapted homes. Some will have complex medical needs and some may have a limited life expectancy.
Foster carers who are registered for only one child to meet the need for solo placements.
Foster carers who can care for Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers and with an awareness/willingness to work in partnership to meet their immediate immigration, health and educational needs.
In addition, the Councils are particularly looking for local, well-matched placements, including education provision, and with commitment to the best interests of the child.
Enhanced fostering care placements for children and young people with higher levels of need.
The Framework is comprised of the following 4 Lots:
Lot 1 (Standard Placements 0+ Years)
Lot 2 (Children with Disabilities)
Lot 3 (Parent and Child Placements)
Lot 4 (Enhanced Fostering Placements)
Providers may bid for one or more of these Lots in any combination.
This is a requirement amongst some of the consortium members for foster placements that may be located with Wales. As such providers of fostering services based in Wales in addition to those in England are welcome to tender.
- Registration Information for Curtis Fitch July 2019.pptx
- Bidding documents
- Tender Portal Instructions
- Bidding documents
- Southampton City Council Tender Portal
- Additional text
- The procurement is to establish a framework agreement with an initial term of four years.
There is the option to extend the framework agreement by up to two additional twelve month periods.
How to apply
Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.