Published date: 10 January 2018

Last edited date: 10 January 2018

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: 13 October 2017

Contract summary


  • Health and social work services - 85000000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

10 January 2018

Closing date

13 October 2017

Contract start date

8 January 2018

Contract end date

7 January 2020

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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See 'Attachments' for full description. The contract will seek contractor(s) to set up an operational system for the assessment and accreditation of child and family social workers in England. They will need to create a clear framework and delivery structure to ensure assessment rollout for approximately 1,200-2,300 social workers between Jan 2018 - Jan 2020. A range of elements will need to be delivered including, but not limited to:
Assessment centres within the local areas
Recruitment and training of assessors and observers
Recruitment and training of actors for simulated observation
Preparing and expanding a pre-existing digital platform to be ready for roll out.
Design and implement a system for result feedback to employers and individuals including a database for securely storing results
Design and implementation of a system for dealing with retakes, concerns, queries and appeals
Work alongside an independent researcher partner and the DfE to understand and action change requirements where required over the contract period.

More information


Additional text

Estimated total value: The award for this contract is up to £3.5 million (Inc. VAT). The total award amount will be reliant on final throughput of expected social worker numbers.
To procure a contractor to meet agreed milestones within a contracted period. We will be using Agile contracting approaches within this contract.
Duration of the contract:
We expect the delivery contract to begin in January 2018 and run until January 2020. However, we will allow, through the agile contracting process, additional contract length to be available to complete all the expected milestones if required.
A copy of the tender document can be obtained by formally emailing a request to

About the buyer


1st Floor, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street