Children’s Social Care Referral Lancashire

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

2016/S 014-019653

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Lancashire County Council
2nd Floor CCP, County Hall
Contact person: Jig Parmar
NUTS code: UKD43Internet address(es):Main address:
I.2)Joint procurement


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 to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Children’s Social Care Referral and Assessment Service.

Reference number: JP/CYP/LCC/16/444

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

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

Value excluding VAT: 4 735 000.00 EUR

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: UKD43

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.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 4 735 000.00 EUR

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 5
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

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

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

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

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)Conditions for participation

III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers

List and brief description of conditions:

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

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure


IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
Accelerated 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

The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
Framework agreement with several operators
Envisaged maximum number of participants to the framework agreement: 3
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
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

Date: 02/02/2016
Local time: 10:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

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

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 02/02/2016
Local time: 14:30

County Hall, Preston, PR1 8XJ.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Lancashire County Council C/O Head of Service, Procurement
County Hall
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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