Published date: 27 May 2021

Awarded contract - This means that the contract has been awarded to a supplier.

Closing: 30 April 2021, 1pm

Contract summary


  • Health and social work services - 85000000

Location of contract


Value of contract

£1 to £5,500,000

Procurement reference


Published date

27 May 2021

Closing date

30 April 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 June 2021

Contract end date

31 March 2024

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

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Durham County Council is acting as the Lead Authority on behalf of the Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) known as Adopt Coast to Coast.

Adopt Coast to Coast consists of:

• Cumbria County Council
• Durham County Council
• Together for Children

This contract is for the Regional Adoption Agency known as Adopt Coast to Coast - Provider Panel for the Provision of Inter-agency placements.

The Council wishes to seek a Panel of Providers that are registered with OFSTED and can undertake the following:
• To provide the details of prospective adopters at commencement of Stage 2 of the adoption process for RAA consideration as a suitable match for children of the members of Adopt Coast to Coast who have plans for adoption due to be considered by the respective LA Agency Decision Maker (ADM).

• These prospective adopters will be for the sole consideration of the RAA until such time as they are approved as prospective adopters by the respective Agency's ADM. Where a link has not been achieved by this time the details of the prospective adopters will be eligible to become available to other RAAs and LAs both regionally and nationally.

• Where a prospective adopter is willing to offer a home for children considered in the 'harder to place' categories for example large sibling groups (3 or more children), child with significant health or development needs, child from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background, or an older child, ) aged (5 years or older) the details of this prospective adopter will be shared prior to the commencement of stage 2 at a time decided by the Adoption Manager of that provider. Where a link is not identified by a date two months after the commencement of stage 2 then the Voluntary Adoption Agency reserves the right to seek a link through other RAAs and LAs both regionally and nationally.
This will be an open and flexible arrangement where at the discretion of the Council(s) the Panel can be re-opened to allow additional Providers to join the Provider Panel.
On initial opening we wish to appoint a maximum of five Providers to the panel. During the lifetime of the contract the maximum number of providers on the panel is subject to change.
The Provider Panel Agreement provides for no form of exclusivity or volume guarantee by the Council(s) for Services from the Provider and that the Council(s) is at all times entitled to enter into other contracts and agreements with other Providers for the provision of any Services.

Each Provider should understand that their submission constitutes an acceptance to the Council(s) terms of the Provider Panel Agreement and merely affords the Provider the opportunity to respond to an invitation from the Council(s) for the provision of services (Competed Call-Offs).

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

Regional Adoption Agency - Provider Panel for the Provision of Inter-agency Placements.

  • Opportunity
  • Published 26 March 2021

Award information

Awarded date

27 May 2021

Contract start date

7 June 2021

Contract end date

31 March 2024

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.

ARC Adoption North East





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About the buyer

Contact name

Donna Iley


County Hall


+44 3000268235