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11th August 2014

Provider Engagement: NEPO Independent Fostering Services

A provider engagement event regarding independent fostering services was held on 29 July 2014.   Newcastle City Council led the event on behalf of the NE7 group of local authorities, and aimed to provide feedback on an initial engagement event held on 20 June.

Presentation slides from the latest event are available here.

Background:  Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland currently have a collaborative arrangement where placements have been purchased with independent foster care agencies since April 2011.  The current arrangements (known as the "NE7 Framework Agreement")  will expire on 31 March 2015.  The intention is that independent fostering services will continue being purchased this way through a collaborative agreement from 1 April 2015.  Newcastle City Council is acting as the Lead Authority for this procurement exercise on behalf of NEPO and its member authorities.