Children’s Social Care Referral Lancashire
Lancashire County Council is sourcing providers as part of its Children’s Social Care Referral and Assessment Service Framework.
United Kingdom-Preston: Social work and related services
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
Children’s Social Care Referral and Assessment Service.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
Lancashire County Council is sourcing managed service providers as part of its Children’s Social Care Referral and Assessment Service Framework to undertake its statutory responsibilities as defined by the Children Act 1989.
II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
Lancashire County Council is sourcing providers as part of its Children’s Social Care Referral and Assessment Service Framework to undertake its statutory responsibilities as defined by the Children Act 1989. Service Providers will act in accordance with Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board’s multi agency procedures, the Lancashire Child Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol. Through the Children’s Social Care Referral and Assessment Service Framework, qualified social workers will undertake statutory responsibilities on behalf of the Council as part of a managed service offering.
The Framework Agreement will commence on 1.3.2016 for 5 months and continue for a total period not exceeding 4 years.
In order for LCC to effectively manage and monitor its resources and maintain effective relationships with Service Providers, the Framework Agreement shall be restricted to a maximum of 3 Service Providers.
No level of business is guaranteed to service providers through the framework agreement. Presently it is envisaged that an initial call-off will be made of up to 900 open cases per month. The framework agreement has been developed to be flexible in terms of volume of services, the period over which they would be called-off and consequently the value of business put through the framework. Provisionally, the initial call-off would be in place for 5 months, although this may be brought to an end sooner or extended depending on requirements.
Due to the unpredictable nature of demand for this Service LCC reserves the right to increase or decrease the financial budget and therefore the spend through the term of this Framework Agreement will range up to 3 600 000 GBP, with 1 800 000 GBP being the anticipated value of the initial call-off contract services. Demand for future services covered by this ITT is currently unknown however LCC is letting this Framework Agreement with the intention that where a requirement for the Services is identified in the next 4 years there would be sufficient scope to utilise the agreement for this purpose.
Each individual call-off contract may be extended beyond its initial term for any number of defined period (s), with the total maximum duration of any call-off contract not exceeding 4 years.
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
The Council may extend this framework agreement beyond the Initial Term by a further period or periods up to a maximum of 43 months in addition to the Initial Term (the ‘Extension Period’), meaning that the total possible duration of this framework agreement is 4 years.
II.2.10)Information about variants
II.2.11)Information about options
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
LCC cannot guarantee the quantities of any service to be purchased throughout the Framework Agreement. LCC reserves the right to revise volumes based on the Service Providers’ performance and available funding.
Services will be called off the Framework Agreement by direct allocation to Service Providers. See Procurement Documents for additional information.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Service Providers must ensure that any member of its workforce that will partake in delivering or supervising the delivery of these Services is, registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC), which maintains and publishes a public register of properly qualified members of professions inclusive of social workers, prior to the Framework Agreement commencing.
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
This procurement concerns Schedule 3 Services. This procurement process is being conducted on an expedited basis in response to an urgent requirement to facilitate capacity in the mainstream social work teams to clear a backlog of recording work and provide up to date training to qualified social workers and their managers.
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
County Hall, Preston, PR1 8XJ.
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: