Published date: 19 February 2018

Last edited date: 19 February 2018

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

Closing: 23 September 2016

Contract summary


  • Social work and related services - 85300000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£150,000 to £275,000

Procurement reference


Published date

19 February 2018

Closing date

23 September 2016

Contract start date

18 October 2016

Contract end date

31 March 2017

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

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

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



This contract refers to the development of phase 1 of the assessment and accreditation process child and family social workers including: content for knowledge-based assessment; content for simulated scenarios; and written exercises for simulated assessment.

The services are in 2 lots:

Contract 1: Development of Knowledge Questions
Contract 2: Simulated and written assessment content development

Tenders may be submitted for all lots.

This contract supports the continued social work reform programme agreed by Ministers to achieve the ambition for all child and family social workers, supervisors and practice leaders to be assessed and accredited by 2020.

The Chief Social Worker drafted the knowledge and skills statements for child and family frontline social workers, practice supervisors and practice leaders setting out what they should know and be able to do.
Alongside this, the department has developed a rigorous assessment system, based on these statements for frontline and practice supervisors.

The four stage assessment and accreditation system is likely to consist of:
• Stage 1: direct practice observation by the employer - in the workplace over a period of time leading to the employer endorsement
• Stage 2: an online assessment of knowledge
• Stage 3: an observed interactive practice simulation in a controlled environment with independent examiners
• Stage 4: a written assessment linked to the simulated observation.

This contract refers to the development of content for stages 2, 3 and 4

It is an expectation of any bid that expert and professional item writers and experts in the field of social work are used in all aspects of the development work. The bid must include names and experience of all experts but forward in the bid.

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

Assessment and accreditation process for child and family social workers: Assessment content development.

  • Opportunity
  • Published 12 August 2016

Additional text

The procurement documents are available for free of charge, upon request to

The email subject line must say: REQUEST FOR CONTENT DEVELOPMENT TENDER

Tenders or requests to participate must be e-mailed to A&

Indicative timetable:

W/C 26 September 2016 Evaluation panels
W/C 03 Oct 2016 Clarification interviews (if required) in London
Friday 07 Oct - 17 Oct 2016 10 day standstill period
Tuesday 18 Oct 2016 Contract fine tuning and award

Award information

Awarded date

3 February 2017

Contract start date

6 February 2017

Contract end date

9 February 2018

Total value of contract


This contract was awarded to 1 supplier.

Deloitte MCS Limited


Hill House, 1 Little New Street, London EC4A 3TR



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Supplier is VCSE?



Additional details

Contract variation for period 14.11.2017 to 9.2.2018 with a value of £140,370.

About the buyer

Contact name

Thomasin Freeman


1st Floor, Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street