This multiple provider Framework Agreement is for the provision of foster care services for children who are looked after. The overall requirement is that children will be placed with families who have been assessed and approved to provide a secure, warm, safe and supportive environment in which they can develop in all aspects of their lives. Providers will be registered as an Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) and will be governed by the Fostering Services Regulations 2011 and any subsequent changes. The service will be regulated and inspected by Ofsted.
Cumbria County Council is developing a 2 year Framework for independent foster care placements, utilising an ‘Any Qualified Provider’ model. The Framework will be procured via the Light Touch Regime (LTR) from the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The procurement will be opened every 6 months to allow new providers to join the Framework.