Cumbria County Council Foster Care Framework
This multiple provider Framework Agreement is for the provision of foster care services for children who are looked after.
United Kingdom-Carlisle: Health and social work services
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name and addresses
Cumbria House, 107-117 Botchergate
Contact person: Jacqui Sullivan
Telephone: +44 1228226298
NUTS code: UKD1
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Section II: Object
Cumbria County Council Foster Care Framework.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
This multiple provider Framework Agreement is for the provision of foster care services for children who are looked after. The overall requirement is that children will be placed with families who have been assessed and approved to provide a secure, warm, safe and supportive environment in which they can develop in all aspects of their lives. Providers will be registered as an Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) and will be governed by the Fostering Services Regulations 2011 and any subsequent changes. The service will be regulated and inspected by Ofsted.
II.1.6)Information about lots
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:
Cumbria County Council is developing a 2 year Framework for independent foster care placements, utilising an ‘Any Qualified Provider’ model. The Framework will be procured via the Light Touch Regime (LTR) from the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The procurement will be opened every 6 months to allow new providers to join the Framework.
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
II.2.10)Information about variants
II.2.11)Information about options
This is a 24 month Framework with 2 options to extend of up to 12 months each (2+1+1).
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
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
Cumbria County Council via The Chest.
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
Cumbria County Council is fully supportive of all aspects of diversity including ethnicity, race, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation. In this respect Cumbria County Council welcomes expressions of interest from ethnic minority, disabled and other diverse business communities and the voluntary sector. Economic operators are therefore required to fully comply with all statutory obligations / applicable legislation and there will be a requirement to participate in the Authority’s supplier audits on all aspects of diversity. The Contracting Authority expressly reserves the right: (i) Not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and (ii) To make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the Contracting Authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates.
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: