Published date: 25 January 2021

Last edited date: 25 January 2021

Closed early engagement

Closing date: 3 February 2021

Contract summary


  • Health and social work services - 85000000

Location of contract

South East

Procurement reference


Published date

25 January 2021

Closing date

3 February 2021

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Medway Council is proposing to procure a Children's Residential Assessment Unit service for 14 to 17 year olds. The aim of the Assessment Unit is to ensure that a young person's chances of returning to the care of their family are maximised, or where this is not possible, to undertake holistic assessment of the young person's needs to engage the correct follow-on support. The Unit will be supported by an Outreach Team. The Council is proposing to commission a provider to undertake two projects with us. The procurement will be managed through a Competitive Dialogue process.

Project 1 - Unit 1: to set up and deliver as soon as practicable, a four-bed assessment unit children's home from the site of the Old Vicarage in Upnor previously a children's home. The provider will be experienced in running a children's home, registering and maintaining an Ofsted registration and working with complex young people. The provider will provide short term residential assessment placements underpinned by an evidence-based methodology and supported by an outreach team.

Project 2 - Future Units: the provider will also work with the Council to scope out and establish two other four-bed assessment units to be delivered with a more specific eligibility than Unit 1 and from different sites. The data gathered during Project 1 will inform the specific nature of the two future units to be established.

A virtual market engagement event will be held on Thursday 4th February 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm on Microsoft Teams. This event will be an opportunity for the Council to provide some further details in relation to these projects, including themes for further discussion with providers during the commissioning process, initial consultation findings, and further detail relating to the commissioning timeline.

Interested organisations wishing to attend must register by emailing by 4:00pm, Wednesday 3rd February. Please include the job titles/roles of attendees and their contact details, to ensure the sessions are planned effectively and enable us to make contact with attendees should there be any unforeseen circumstances.

Please note: Organisations should NOT log in to the Kent Business portal to express an interest, as this will not register a place for the event. To express an interest and register a place please follow the instructions above using the email address provided.

More information

Previous notice about this procurement

Market Engagement Event - Children's Residential Assessment Unit

  • Early engagement
  • Published 25 January 2021

About the buyer

Contact name

Rachael Horner


Medway Council
Gun Wharf, Dock Road