Tender for Independent Fostering Agency Services

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

Contract summary

 

Industry

  • 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

Procurement reference

EC09/01/3096

Published date

28 July 2021

Closing date

7 September 2021

Closing time

12pm

Contract start date

1 April 2022

Contract end date

31 March 2028

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

Contract is suitable for SMEs?

Yes

Contract is suitable for VCSEs?

Yes

 

Description

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.

 

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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.

 

About the buyer

 

Contact name

Simon Crouch

Address

Civic Centre,Civic Centre Road
SOUTHAMPTON
SO147LY
England

Telephone

023 8083 3000

Email

procurement@southampton.gov.uk

Website

www.southampton.gov.uk