Children’s Service Advocacy Support and Legal Representation Scotland

Children’s Service Advocacy Support and Legal Representation Scotland

Provide Advocacy Support and Legal Representation for Children’s Service for the period 1.4.2019 to 31.3.2022 with the option to extend until 31.3.2024 agreed as on an annual basis.

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Welfare services for children and young people

2018/S 189-428165

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Scottish Government
Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312443126
NUTS code: UKMInternet address(es):Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Children’s Service — Advocacy Support and Legal Representation

Reference number: Case 423675

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Provision of Advocacy Support and Legal Representation for Children’s Service for the period 1.4.2019 to 31.3.2022 with the option to extend until 31.3.2024 agreed as on an annual basis.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)


II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Case 423675 Children’s Service — Advocacy Support and Legal Representation for the period 1.4.2019 to 31.3.2022 with the option to extend for a period of 24 months agreed on an annual basis. The requirement is for one provider to manage and coordinate advocacy support and legal representation services.

II.2.6)Estimated value

II.2.7)Duration of the contract or the framework agreement

Start: 01/04/2019
End: 31/03/2022

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

Statement for 4B.4

Bidders must demonstrate a Current Ratio of no less than 1.0.

Current Ratio will be calculated as follows: net current assets divided by net current liabilities.

There must be no qualification or contra-indication from any evidence provided in support of the bidders economic and financial standing.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract

III.2.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession
Reference to the relevant law, regulation or administrative provision:

Statement for

4A.2 Bidders must meet the following minimum requirements:

(a) Staff must hold or demonstrate ability to have in place prior to contract award, approved PVG scheme membership from Disclosure Scotland.

Note: Bidders must be able to evidence service providers hold checks at contract commencement.

(b) for the Legal Representation requirement, the Service Provider must be regulated by the Law Society for Scotland.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

Statement for 4.C.6:

(a) for the Advocacy requirement, bidders must evidence they hold or will apply to be full members of the Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) and agree to abide by the SIAA Principles and Standards for Independent Advocacy and the SIAA Code of Practice for Independent Advocacy.

(b) for the Legal Representation service, staff must hold a legal qualification which is compliant with Scots Law and must be a qualified solicitor (LLB and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice) and a member of the Law Society of Scotland.

Bidders must hold the accreditation/membership or equivalent or can evidence being in the process of arranging accreditation/membership at contract commencement.

Statement for 4C.1.2: Bidders will be required to provide examples that demonstrate that they have the relevant experience to deliver the services.

Please note: In PCS-T, responses to 4C.1.2 should be given as a clearly labelled attachment to this question.

III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Form of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.10)Identification of the national rules applicable to the procedure:

IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:

Open procedure

IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate / Time limit for receipt of expressions of interest

Date: 13/11/2018
Local time: 11:00

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

Statement for 4B.5

It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold or can commit to obtain prior to the commencement of any contract, the insurances indicated below:

Employer’s (Compulsory) Liability Insurance = 5 million GBP

Public Liability Insurance = 1 million GBP

Professional Indemnity Insurance = 1 million GBP

ESPD will be scored on a pass/fail basis.

The contract award criteria will be Price 30%/Quality 70 %.

Question Scoring Methodology for Award Criteria outlined in invitation to tender:

0 — Unacceptable. Nil or inadequate response. Fails to demonstrate an ability to meet the requirement.

1 — Poor. Response is partially relevant but generally poor. The response addresses some elements of the requirement but contains insufficient/limited detail or explanation to demonstrate how the requirement will be fulfilled.

2 — Acceptable. Response is relevant and acceptable. The response addresses a broad understanding of the requirement but may lack details on how the requirement will be fulfilled in certain areas.

3 — Good. Response is relevant and good. The response is sufficiently detailed to demonstrate a good understanding and provides details on how the requirements will be fulfilled.

4 — Excellent. Response is completely relevant and excellent overall.

Bidders must complete the ESPD (Scotland) to demonstrate adherence to the Exclusion and Selection Criteria for this procurement.

If there are named subcontractors/technicians upon which the bidder will rely to meet the selection criteria, these named parties must complete and reattach the ESPD Supplier Response Form attached to ESPD questions 2C.1.1 (Technicians) and 2D.1.2 (Subcontractors) on PCS-T. These parties must complete the first three sections of the ESPD form, as well as any part of the section 4 selection criteria that the main bidder will rely upon the parties to fulfil. If parties have not yet been identified, this information may be required at a later date. Scottish Government reserves the right to request this information from relevant parties upon whom the main bidder will not rely to fulfil selection criteria.

4C.10 Bidders will be required to confirm whether they intend to sub-contract and if so, for what proportion of the contract.

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 11694. For more information see:

(SC Ref:552729)

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Scottish Government
Victoria Quay, Leith
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312447556Internet address:
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:


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