How local authorities and providers can work together to meet the challenges of the new Public Procurement regulations

A free one-day event presented by the Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA), Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP), and National Association of Independent Schools & Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS) with the support of the Local Government Association (LGA).


10.00 – Registration opens, refreshments available

10.30 – Welcome – Claire Dorer, CEO NASS

10.40 – Procurement regulations and the interface with children’s services – Department for Education (DfE)

11.20 – What does this mean in practice? Keeping procurements legal and effective – Leonie Cowen, Leonie Cowen Associates

12.10 – The local authority perspective

12.30 – Lunch

1.15 – The good, the bad and the ugly: providers’ views of procurement

1.35 – Small group discussions: ‘working together for change’

  • What makes for the best experiences of procurement?
  • What gets in the way of achieving these?
  • How can we remove barriers to better procurement?
  • Plenary

2.30 – Break

2.45 – The National Procurement Strategy for social care – Joanne Straw, LGA

3.15 – Next steps

3.30 – Close

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LGA Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5LG