The Department for Education is tendering contracts for experts to intervene in local authority children’s services.
Interested parties have until 17 December to declare their interest in the government’s contracts, which are looking for expert advisers to improve underperforming children’s social care services.
These advisers will be required to work directly with local authorities and their partners to provide focused challenge and support that decisively turns around performance, the contracts state.
The department expects to appoint a “small group of advisers”, and the contract is open to small suppliers as well as voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.
Those hired will be “expert advisers who will provide improvement support and challenge to local authorities who have underperforming children’s social care services”.
“Advisers will have an outstanding track record in delivering improvement, with experience which may include previous high-profile roles, such as Director/Assistant Director of Children’s Services, as an Ofsted HMI, or in other senior local authority positions,” the description read.