Published date: 29 March 2016

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 21 April 2016

Contract summary


  • Health and social work services - 85000000

Location of contract

South West

Value of contract

£2,100,000 to £3,500,000

Procurement reference


Published date

29 March 2016

Closing date

21 April 2016

Contract start date

1 September 2016

Contract end date

1 September 2020

Contract type

Service contract

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North Somerset Council?s Turning the Tide Social Impact Bond (SIB) aims to reduce the need for children to be looked after by commissioning a service that works with families to help children safely stay at home and by keeping placements in care short through reuniting children with their families as soon as possible

The service will focus on improving family functioning and resilience to improve outcomes for an estimated 240 children over an initial five year period with an opportunity to extend the contract to seven years. We have explored family preservation models but would be interested in any approaches that would deliver the outcomes.

Families to be worked with will fall into two specific cohorts as follows:
Cohort 1
- Families with a child aged 10 ? 17 currently looked after under s.20 of the Children?s Act (1989) and with a plan to return home.

Cohort 2
- Families with a child aged 10 - 17 on the edge of care and at imminent risk of becoming looked after on a voluntary basis.

Using a payment by results model, service provider/s will receive payments linked to key primary outcomes such as:
- the child being reunited with the family and returning to the family home (cohort 1)
- Improved measured family functioning and child well-being
- the child remains home with their family (cohort 2)
- Improved measured family functioning and children well-being

More information

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About the buyer

Contact name

Nicola Scribens


North Somerset Council
Town Hall
BS23 1UJ


+44 1275885208