National Fast Track Child and Family Social Work Programme

A Prior Information Notice

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Contract (Services)
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15 Dec 2021
not specified



North East England:

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The purpose of this PIN is to initiate market consultation and is not being used as a call for competition. The PIN is intended to: - Raise awareness with the market of a potential future procurement process for delivery of a National Fast Track to Child and Family Social Work Programme, enabling time for organisations to begin early discussions with the Department and each other as to how they may be able to deliver any future contract. - Inform the market that the Department will be undertaking market consultation activity during January and February 2022, to gather information about the supply market; to explore potential delivery models and associated benefits of those models; and to inform its understanding of the risks and issues relevant to managing transition to, and mobilisation of, any new service arrangements. - Inform the market that the services fall within the scope of Part 7 (Social and Other Specific Services) of Chapter 3 of the Public Procurement Regulations 2015, the so called “light touch regime” and that the Department will utilise the flexibilities afforded by Regulation 76(1) (Principles of awarding contracts), in determining the procurement procedure to be applied. The Department has not yet determined the detail of that form of procurement procedure but anticipates that it may include negotiation with tenderers. The procurement process will be set out in full in the procurement documents, in due course.

Total Quantity or Scope

The Department intends to hold a series of events during January and February 2022 Event 1 The first of these events to be held virtually on Thursday 27 January 2022 and will be split into two parts, a morning session (10:30-12:00) and an afternoon session (13:00-15:00). The morning session will be a plenary session at which representatives from the contracting authority will provide detailed information to potential suppliers about the proposed scope of the services and how we intend they will be procured. The afternoon session will give potential suppliers an opportunity to discuss, in groups, these proposals with DfE representatives and other interested organisations in order to identify the strengths and weakness of these plans from a Market perspective. To book a place at this event please visit The deadline for book a space is Sunday 23 January 2022. Event 2 The second set of events will be held between Wednesday 2 February and Wednesday 9 February 2022. These will consist of a series of commercial in confidence 1:1 virtual meetings between interested suppliers and the Department. They will give an opportunity to discuss in more depth aspects of the National Fast Track Child & Family Social Work Programme that may be unclear and highlight what aspects of the procurement are most attractive. To book a place at one of these events please visit and choose from the available slots. The deadline for book a slot is Friday 28 January 2022. Please note: Spaces for all events will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis, but we intend to share the outcomes from these sessions with all potential suppliers following the conclusion of the consultation period How to engage At this stage, interested market suppliers should ensure they are registered on the Department’s e-procurement solution (Jaggaer). The Department will engage with the market and administer any procurement via Jaggaer. Jaggaer registration information can be found at Further notices regarding the market consultation approach will be published in due course. Additional information: A more detailed Information Memorandum on the market consultation can be found on the Department’s e-procurement solution (Jaggaer) @

CPV Codes

  • 80400000 - Adult and other education services
  • 72224000 - Project management consultancy services
  • 79340000 - Advertising and marketing services
  • 79600000 - Recruitment services
  • 80300000 - Higher education services

Other Information

** PREVIEW NOTICE, please check Find a Tender for full details. ** The department wants to work with suppliers(s) who will attract and train talented graduates to become Child and Family Social Workers. We want to focus on further development of the curriculum to meet the needs of children and families; improve retention of newly qualified social workers from the programme; and increase the reach of the programme across all local authorities. A full specification of the services required will be published as part of the procurement documents at SQ stage. Key elements of the services to be provided are as follows: - Attraction & Promotion of the Scheme - Candidate Recruitment and Selection - Development and delivery of Child and Family Social Worker Training & Qualification - Participant Retention and Ongoing Support - Local Authority Recruitment and Placements - Contractor Management Information - Programme Evaluation - Continuous Improvement - Data Management and Security - Contractor Performance Management - Implementation and Resourcing - Demobilisation and Exit Planning The Fast Track to Child & Family Social Work Programme is a fast-track training scheme for child and family social workers that delivers an accelerated training pathway for outstanding candidates. he Department intends to issue the Invitation to Tender and full tender package via the Jaggaer portal No hard copy documents will be issued and all communications with the Authority (including submission of Tender responses) must be conducted via the e-Sourcing Portal. Interested suppliers must ensure they are registered on the Jaggaer portal in order to participate in this procurement. Please ensure that the person who will be conducting the communications for your bid is the official contact in your Jaggaer registration. Further information will be included in the ITT pack that will be openly available when the competition is activated. All associated bidder questions and/or clarifications must be communicated through the Jaggaer E-Sourcing portal, adhering to Public Contracts Regulations 2015, section 18, transparency requirements The publication of this notice does not signify the commencement of any procurement process, and does not constitute any commitment by the Department for Education to undertake any procurement exercise.