Support Service for Victims and Survivors of Historical Institutional Abuse

Support Service for Victims and Survivors of Historical Institutional Abuse

A free 24 hour telephone crisis counselling / support helpline; an initial counselling assessment and signposting to mainstream providers if required; the development of proposals for establishing and managing a victim support group; and the development, of proposals for an information network aimed at promoting the Support Service.

UK-Belfast: Guidance and counselling services

2012/S 248-411137

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department of Finance and Personnel Northern Ireland
Clare House, 303 Airport Road West
For the attention of: Brian Hayward
BT3 9ED Belfast
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: brian.hayward@dfpni.gov.uk

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
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: yes

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
OFMDFM – Support Service for Victims and Survivors of Historical Institutional Abuse.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Services
Service category No 25: Health and social services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Northern Ireland.
NUTS code UKN
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The Office of the First and Deputy First Minister has a requirement for a support service for victims and survivors of institutional abuse in Northern Ireland. This requirement has arisen from the Executive’s decision to establish an Inquiry and Investigation into Historical Institutional Abuse in NI.
The principal parts of the proposed service provision include:
— a free 24 hour telephone crisis counselling / support helpline;
— an initial counselling assessment and signposting to mainstream providers if required;
— the development of proposals for establishing and managing a victim support group; and
— the development, of proposals for an information network aimed at promoting the Support Service .
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85312300

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: 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:
The initial contract period will be for 2 years with the option to extend for a further period of 6 months.
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 30 (from the award of the contract)

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
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
In order to pass the Selection stage, Tenderers must demonstrate they meet the following minimum standards of technical or professional ability.
a) Using at least three examples, completed within the last 3 years the service provider must demonstrate experience in delivering the following 5 areas:
— A telephone crisis counselling / support helpline;
— Counselling services;
— Advice in relation to State Benefits; Housing, Education, Employment, Finance;
— Support Groups for vulnerable adults;
— Marketing of Services.
Delivery in each of the five areas must be demonstrated in at least one of the examples provided.
Each example provided must include:
— the project title;
— the start date and completion date;
— the details of project delivery and the outcomes of the project;
— and relevance of the project to the requirements of this tender.
b) The service provider must confirm that all staff who will directly engage with Victims and Survivors of Institutional Abuse are qualified to the levels stated in the tender specification.
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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
Envisaged number of operators: 1
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
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:
Project 10454.
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
no
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
24.1.2013 – 15:00
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
English.
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: 24.1.2013 – 15:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender~: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): Suppliers Instructions How to Express Interest in this Tender~: 1. Register your company on the eSourcing portal (this is only required once): https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk and click the link to register – Accept the terms and conditions and click ‘continue’ – Enter your correct business and user details – Note the username you chose and click ‘Save’ when complete – You will shortly receive an email with your unique password (please keep this secure) 2. Express an Interest in the tender – Login to the portal with the username/password – Click the ‘PQQs / ITTs Open To All Suppliers’ link. (These are Pre-Qualification Questionnaires or Invitations to Tender open to any registered supplier) – Click on the relevant PQQ/ ITT to access the content. – Click the ‘Express Interest’ button at the top of the page. – This will move the PQQ /ITT into your ‘My PQQs/ My ITTs’ page. (This is a secure area reserved for your projects only) -You can now access any attachments by clicking ‘Buyer Attachments’ in the ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’ box 3. Responding to the tender – Click ‘My Response’ under ‘PQQ/ ITT Details’, you can choose to ‘Create Response’ or to ‘Decline to Respond’ (please give a reason if declining) – You can now use the ‘Messages’ function to communicate with the buyer and seek any clarification – Note the deadline for completion, then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the PQQ/ ITT – There may be a mixture of online and offline actions for you to perform (there is detailed online help available) You must then submit your reply using the ‘Submit Response’ button at the top of the page. If you require any further assistance please consult the online help, or contact the eTendering help desk.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: Although this is a category B service CPD will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 5 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (SI 2006 No 5) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
22.12.2012

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