Published date: 12 April 2018

Last edited date: 12 April 2018

Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract.

Closing: 31 March 2022

Contract summary


  • Social work and related services - 85300000

Location of contract

MK42 9AP

Value of contract

£1 to £68,000,000

Procurement reference


Published date

12 April 2018

Closing date

31 March 2022

Contract start date

1 April 2022

Contract end date

2 April 2022

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Restricted procedure (OJEU)

A two-stage procedure, where the first stage is used to select suppliers, who are then invited to bid in the second stage.

OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued above a certain financial threshold.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council wish to receive applications to join our collaborative Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for the provision of Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) placements and Specialist Placements as an Alternative to Residential Care (SPARC).

The DPS is split into the two (2) lots as described below;

Lot 1: General Fostering Placements (this will comprise both standard and enhanced placements); and

Lot 2: Specialist Placements as an Alternative to Residential Care (SPARC)

We are happy to receive tenders for either lot of the DPS or for both. Please make sure that you have read and understood the requirements set out in the Invitation to Tender documents (including but not limited to the Specification of Services) and respond to the appropriate part(s) of the Tender Questionnaire in line with the instructions contained therein.

Both lots include expectations in line with the National Fostering Contract for Independent Fostering Agency Placements 2011.

Applications can be submitted via Bedford Borough Council's e-tendering portal (In-Tend)

More information


Additional text

Expressions of interest to join the DPS for the Provision of Fostering Placements and Specialist Placements as an Alternative to Residential Care (SPARC) must be submitted via the Bedford Borough Council In-tend electronic procurement portal.

Is a Recurrent Procurement Type? : No

How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer

Contact name

Lucy Munt


Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP
United Kingdom


01234 276378


Closing: 31 March 2022