Kent County Council Fostering Placement Stability Service

Kent County Council Fostering Placement Stability Service

The Kent County Council is seeking tenders from a suitably experienced contractor who can deliver a county-wide clinical psychology support service for children and young people.

United Kingdom-Maidstone: Health and social work services

2017/S 067-127350

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Kent County Council
County Hall
For the attention of: Miss Ima Orosei
ME14 1XQ Maidstone
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000412548

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate:

Further information can be obtained from: Kent County Council
County Hall
For the attention of: Miss Ima Orosei
ME14 1XQ Maidstone
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000412548

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: Kent County Council
County Hall
For the attention of: Miss Ima Orosei
ME14 1XQ Maidstone
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000412548

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Kent County Council
County Hall
For the attention of: Miss Ima Orosei
ME14 1XQ Maidstone
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3000412548

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.3)Main activity

General public services

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

SS16 087 Fostering Placement Stability Service.

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 25: Health and social services

NUTS code UKJ42

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement

II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

The Opportunity
The Kent County Council is seeking tenders from a suitably experienced contractor who can deliver a county-wide clinical psychology support service for children and young people in care up until their 18th birthday, who are placed with the Council’s in-house foster carers with the aim of increasing placement stability, and reducing the number of placement disruptions. The service will support the overall emotional well-being of children and young people providing crisis intervention and supporting foster carers to maintain the fostering placement. The vision for the service is to have full time clinical psychology input to support foster carers, children and young people. The service will be part of the hub of professionals dedicated to supporting children placed with KCC foster carers, adoptive placements and in the future, care leavers. The service will need to be delivered in each of the 12 district/borough council areas of Kent County Council’s operation, detailed within the service specification. The service is anticipated to commence on Monday 3.7.2017 and will continue for a period of 36 months (3 years initially and potentially 2 years extension). Background Kent County Council (the council) is the largest county council in England covering an area of 3 500 square kilometres. It has an annual expenditure of over 900 000 000 GBP on goods and services and a population of 1 300 000 GBP. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with 12 district councils and 289 parish/town councils. Further background and technical information can be found within the tender documentation. Expression of Interest and Tender Process Expressions of interest will only be accepted via the Kent Business Portal. In order to submit your interest in this opportunity please select the ‘Login and Express an Interest’ button located at the bottom of this page. Note that in order to successfully submit your interest you will first need to register for an account. After registration is complete and you’ve received your login details you should return to the advert for the opportunity and express your interest. You will then be emailed an invitation to submit a tender. Further guidance regarding how to use this portal can be found attached to the bottom of this advert. Indicative Procurement Timetable Publication of ITT Documentation on the Kent Business Portal on Monday 3.4.2017; Deadline to submit requests for clarification via the Pro Contract Discussion facility: 12:00 (noon) on Tuesday 25.4.2017. Deadline for Tender Responses: 12:00 (noon) on Tuesday 2.5.2017. Commencement of Tender Evaluation Period (including Post-Tender Clarification): commencement from Tuesday 2.5.2017. Pre-Award Clarification Meeting: Thursday 11th or Friday 12.5.2017 (TBA with shortlisted supplier). Publication of Decision to Award: w/c Monday 22.5.2017. Standstill Period: End date anticipated Friday 26.5.2017. Contract Award: Tuesday 6.6.2017. Issue Contract documentation for signature Friday 9.6.2017. Contract Commencement Date: Monday 3.7.2017. Questions and Communication Please direct all questions and communication through the Kent Business Portal via the discussions facility. Further guidance can be can be found within the guide located at the bottom of this page.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no

II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
III.2.3)Technical capacity
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts

III.3.1)Information about a particular profession

Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no

III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue

Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria

IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document

IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information

IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:


IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2017/S 026-046577 of 7.2.2017

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no

IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

2.5.2017 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up


IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 2.5.2017 – 12:00
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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