Fosterline Contract for England

Fosterline Contract for England

Provide advice and information about how to apply to be a foster carer.

United Kingdom-Sheffield: Social work and related services

2016/S 047-077368

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education
Level 5, St Pauls Place
S1 2FJ
NUTS code: UKInternet 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

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Fosterline Contract for England.

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

To support the recruitment of foster carers it is intended that Fosterline should:

— Provide advice and information about how to apply to be a foster carer, and should be marketed in such a way that a wide range of people with the potential to foster (including currently under-represented groups) are aware about how to contact Fosterline for advice about making an application; and

— Support the retention of foster carers and aid foster carers to provide care that meets their foster children’s needs, by providing accurate, appropriate and sensitive advice and information to foster carers.

Fosterline is an impartial source of up to date and accurate information and advice for prospective and existing foster carers on issues such as how to become a foster carer, allegations of abuse, benefits, training, breakdown of placements, matters relating to the legal position of carers and any other issues about fostering that users raise.

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: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Procurement of this service will be by competition and service delivery contracts will be awarded for up to 2 years 2.5.2016-30.4.2018. The Department reserves the right, subject to the satisfactory performance of the successful contractor, budget availability and policy intent, to extend the contract for further periods of one (1) month or multiples thereof up to a maximum of twenty four (24) months.

II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Start: 02/05/2016
End: 30/04/2018

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

See Contracts Finder for the invitation to tender letter.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation
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)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:

The tender process will be conducted in a manner that ensures tenders are evaluated fairly to ascertain the economically most advantageous tender.

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: 24/03/2016
Local time: 17:00

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:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

The address in 1) in the 1st instance
Level 5, St Paul‘s Place
S1 2FJ

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

The address in 1) in the 1st instance
Level 5, St Paul‘s Place
S1 2FJ
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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