THE PROCUREMENT of housing and support for vulnerable families in a borough is the subject of a call for tenders.
Blackburn with Darwen Council is looking for organizations to bid on a £700,000 contract to provide accommodation and support for families in crisis.
The service is currently provided by Caritas Diocese of Salford.
Now the five-year agreement signed on April 1, 2017 has come to an end and the board is required to re-bid for the service.
The new contract is worth £140,000 a year for three years with a possible two-year extension.
A report from the council’s head of children’s services, Cllr Julie Gunn, says: “The provision of the accommodation-based service for vulnerable families will be renewed due to the end of the current contract.
“The service offers accommodation and support to prevent vulnerable young parents and their families from becoming homeless, to promote independence and to settle in independent accommodation.
“The contract will start on November 1, 2022 and will be awarded for three years with an option to extend for an additional two years.
“The local authority funds a range of supported people and housing-related support services aimed at enabling people who need help to develop independent living skills or maintain their independence in the community.
“Parents served have often been at risk or faced multiple vulnerabilities, for example family breakdown, domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness, financial hardship, and physical or mental health issues.
“The service will also work alongside parents to help them understand their child’s developmental needs and offer parental support and help families better manage their emotional health, wellbeing and physical health and those of their children. .
“The service will provide accommodation for up to 12 months, but note that the duration of accommodation may be extended for young parents aged 16 who will not be able to obtain a
rental until the age of 18.
“The Caritas Diocese of Salford offers five units for single parents with their children and one unit for wider family service.
“The service specification will incorporate details to ensure that the successful provider will meet quality standards and legal requirements to promote timely decisions regarding the appropriate placement of young children in care.
“Each child who has been referred to the local authority’s children’s social service must be assessed individually.
“The need to assess may include prenatal situations where a mother’s personal circumstances would raise concern that the prenatal child, then born, would fall within the definition of a ‘child in need’.”