Provider engagement - Provision of Fostering Agency Placements Flexible Agreement Blackburn, Blackpool, Cumbria and Lancashire.

Purpose of the Provider Engagement

Blackburn, Blackpool, Cumbria and Lancashire (BBCL) have been involved in a project to improve regional foster care sufficiency. As part of this project, BBCL are intending to carry out a procurement exercise establish a flexible agreement for the commissioning of fostering placements by the four authorities. The flexible agreement will be a list of approved Independent Foster Care Providers. Providers can apply to be on the Flexible Agreement every three years. The purpose of this engagement is to highlight the activity that has occurred to date and what the authorities are planning for the procurement exercise. There will also be an opportunity to provide feedback on our proposals.

It is intended that the Flexible Agreement will be split into the following Lots:

Lot 1 Mainstream Foster Care. The provision of foster care placements for children and young people aged 0-4, 5-10, 11-15, 16+ and Parent and Child placements

Lot 2 Enhanced Foster Care. The provision of foster care placements and support services for children and young people with enhanced needs

Lot 3 Step Down Foster Care. The provision of foster care placements and support services for children and young people who are placed within Residential Care or on a trajectory to be placed within Residential Care.

Please see below presentation from the provider engagement event which took place on 9th July 2021 along with question and answers from the event and the results from the survey.


It is our intention that a procurement process will follow this provider engagement. The Authority is currently in the procurement planning stage and anticipates the procurement to be live in November, however this is subject to change and we advise you check this page regularly for updates and ensure your organisation is registered on our iSupplier portal support - Lancashire County Council.

The Authority reserves the right to amend what is set out in the engagement events and documents. Any procurement process that may be conducted will only be in accordance with the procurement documents that are published. Please regularly check these pages for the Procurement Process details.

Please note that participation (or non-participation) in the events will confer no advantage or disadvantage should commissioners commence the formal procurement process.