IFA South Central Framework

The IFA South Central Framework is a consortium of 14 Local Authorities established by Southampton City Council in 2017 to support local authorities within the region to purchase foster care from IFA’s (Independent Fostering Agencies)

The framework is governed by a board made up of representatives from each of the 14 local authorities.


  • Ensure children get the right placement in the right place at the right time.
  • Improve outcomes for children in foster placements.
  • To increase provision giving local authorities a wider choice.
  • To help develop and shape the market to better meet the needs of local authorities.
  • To achieve best value for local authorities.

The estimated budget on the framework is in the region of £300 million and is contract managed by Bournemouth Borough Council.

Independent Fostering Agencies (IFA's)

The South Central Framework currently works with 46 IFA’s. New providers are encouraged to join on an annual basis. If you are a provider looking to join the framework please contact southcentral@bcpcouncil.gov.uk Providers can provide up to four different types of placements:

  • General foster placement 
  • Foster Care for Children with Disabilities
  • Parent and child placements
  • Alternative to Residential

Consortium members

BCP Council

Bracknell Forest Council

Dorset County Council

Isle of Wight Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Borough of Poole

Portsmouth City Council

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Reading Borough Council

Slough Borough Council

Southampton City Council

Surrey County Council

West Berkshire Council

Wokingham Borough Council  



All enquiries please contact: southcentral@bcpcouncil.gov.uk

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