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9th June 2014

NEPO Contract for Independent Foster Care Agencies (led by Newcastle City Council)

(Takes place 20th June, 13:00 at Newcastle City Council)

Are you an independent foster care agency?

We currently have a collaborative arrangement whereby seven local authorities in the North East of England have been purchasing placements with independent foster care agencies since 1 April 2011. The current arrangements known as the ‘NE7 Framework Agreement’ will expire on 31 March 2015. It is our intension that we will continue to purchase Fostering Services through a collaborative arrangement from 1 April 2015.

Newcastle City Council is acting as the Lead Authority for this procurement exercise on behalf of the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) and its member authorities.

We are inviting all providers of independent foster care to a provider engagement event as follows:

Date: 20th June 2014

Time: 13.00 to 15.30

Venue: Pandon Room, Newcastle Civic Centre, NE1 8QH

The purpose of the event will be to commence with the consultation of our requirements in relation to the service specification.  There will be representation from across the region and a further event is scheduled for July 2014, to provide feedback from the consultation and outline the procurement process.

Please confirm your attendance for the provider engagement event by sending an email to Barbara Johnson, Commissioning Officer:  barbara.johnson@newcastle.gov.uk by Friday 13 June 2014.