External Fostering Placements for Essex County Council

External Fostering Placements for Essex County Council

To secure a range of effective, reliable and efficient independent fostering agencies to deliver external fostering placements. Multiple Lots.

United Kingdom-Chelmsford: Health and social work services

2018/S 158-362197

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Essex County Council
County Hall, Market Road
Chelmsford
CM1 1QH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3457430430
E-mail: rachel.horne@essex.gov.uk
NUTS code: UKH3
Internet address(es):Main address: https://www.delta-esourcing.com

Address of the buyer profile: www.essex.gov.uk

I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: http://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Chelmsford:-Health-and-social-work-services./3QXKW9S4BK
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.delta-esourcing.com
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

II.1.1)Title:

External Fostering Placements

II.1.2)Main CPV code

85000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

Essex County Council (“the Council”) is seeking to secure a range of effective, reliable and efficient independent fostering agencies to deliver external fostering placements to enable the Council to fulfil its statutory duties as a corporate parent under section 22 of the Children’s Act 1989. The overarching aim of this service is to provide a stable placement in suitable accommodation which supports young people to develop the requisite resilience, wellbeing, form positive relationships in preparation for their transition to adulthood and progression to independent living.

This procurement will be conducted under the light touch regime and incorporate the following four lots: Limited, Standard, Intensive and Parent and Child. Candidates are advised that this framework will incorporate a refresh mechanism to enable new entrants to apply to join the framework which is anticipated to be enacted at the 2 year anniversary or as required by ECC during its 4 year lifetime.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 39 200 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Limited

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85000000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH3
Main site or place of performance:

Essex

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This lot is designed to secure suitable external fostering placements for children or young people with low to medium needs with no on-going challenging behaviours.

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

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Standard

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85000000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH3
Main site or place of performance:

Essex

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This lot is designed to secure suitable external fostering placements for children or young people with medium to high level needs; which may include, but not be limited to, a history of placement breakdowns, mental health needs, mild to moderate disabilities.

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

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Intensive

Lot No: 3

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85000000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH3
Main site or place of performance:

Essex

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This lot is designed to secure suitable external fostering placements for children and young people with significant levels of need, including but not limited to complex health needs or disabilities, exclusion from mainstream school, significant substance misuse.

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

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Parent and Child

Lot No: 4

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85000000

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKH3
Main site or place of performance:

Essex

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

This lot is designed to secure suitable external fostering placements for a parent and child, or parent with 2 or more children or two parents and a child or 2 parents with 2 or more children together. These would include cases where there is a need for continuing assessment and on-going support.

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

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

Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: no

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

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:

As stated in the tender documentation — Prospective providers will be required to hold an Ofsted rating of at least good or outstanding to be eligible to join the framework.

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)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure

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
In the case of framework agreements, provide justification for any duration exceeding 4 years:

N/a

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: no
IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2017/S 179-365997

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

Date: 12/10/2018
Local time: 12:00
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:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Tender must be valid until: 10/01/2019

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 12/10/2018
Local time: 12:00
Place:

Via BiP Delta

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Electronic process — The commercial officer will conduct the opening process via the functionality within the e-sourcing portal. No postal responses or any submissions which are issued outside the electronic portal will be accepted.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
Estimated timing for further notices to be published:

21.11.2020

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

The Contracting Authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are Small or Medium Enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.

Candidates are advised this procurement will be conducted via the Council’s e-tendering portal, BiP Delta, which can be located via the following website: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/

Please register for a user account to gain access to the procurement documentation for this opportunity.

The Council envisages that this procurement will be published on the aforementioned e-sourcing portal during the week commencing 28.8.2018.

In order to submit an effective expression of interest in this opportunity, candidates must utilise the functionality within the Council’s e-tendering portal.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit the Delta eSourcing portal at:

https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-UK-Chelmsford:-Health-and-social-work-services./3QXKW9S4BK

To respond to this opportunity, please click here:

https://www.delta-esourcing.com/respond/3QXKW9S4BK

GO Reference: GO-2018814-PRO-13010914

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

High Court
Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand
London
C2A 2LL
United Kingdom
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:

14/08/2018

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