Tender for Relationship Support Activities

Tender for Relationship Support Activities

Procurement exercise for the delivery of relationship support activities from December 2012 to March 2015.

UK-London: social research services

2012/S 153-255908

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street
Contact point(s): relationship.support@education.gsi.gov.uk
SW1P 3BT London
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: relationship.support@education.gsi.gov.uk

Internet address(es):

Electronic access to information: http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/families/relationship/a00212570/relationship-support-services-procurement-exercise-2012-15

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
Education
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)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Procurement exercise for the delivery of relationship support activities from December 2012 to March 2015.
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
NUTS code UK
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)
Social research services. Health and social work services. Research consultancy services. General management consultancy services. Guidance and counselling services. The Government attaches a high priority to relationship support and has committed a dedicated fund of 30 000 000 GBP over the period 2011-15 to supporting it. This meets the Coalition Government’s commitment to “put funding for relationship support on a stable, long-term footing, and to make sure that couples are given greater encouragement to use existing relationship support”.
The economic, social and emotional cost of family breakdown makes the case for investment in relationship support clear. The annual cost of relationship breakdown to society is estimated to be 44 billion GBP (Relationships Foundation). Not only does relationship breakdown impact immediately on the health and wellbeing of the whole family, we also know that children who experience parental relationship breakdown are more likely to experience relationship breakdown in their own adult relationships.
Procurement exercise.
We are seeking to award contracts under seven lots through this procurement exercise. Lots A – F are for the delivery of services of national (England only) significance on a contractual basis. Lot G is for national policy and infrastructure development (also England only) and will be delivered via a grant.
The lots are as follows:
Lot A: Universal preventative relationship support (April 2013 – March 2015).
Lot B: Targeted preventative relationship support (December 2012 – March 2015).
Lot C: Culture change (to change attitudes to seeking relationship support) (December 2012 – March 2015).
Lot D: Support for couples experiencing difficulties (April 2013 – March 2015).
Lot E: Training – Local children’s and families workforce (to help them recognise and respond to those with relationship problems) (April 2013 – March 2015).
Lot F: Training – Developing expert practitioners (April 2013 – March 2015).
Lot G: Strategic grant – policy and infrastructure development for the local market (December 2012 – March 2015).
The overall funding available for this procurement, from 2012 – 2015 is:
2012-13 1.3m GBP
2013-14 6.7m GBP
2014-15 7.5m GBP
The Department would like to encourage organisations to submit partnership or consortium bids where possible to reduce duplication and ensure coherence. We welcome bids from public, private and voluntary sector organisations of any size, either on their own or as part of a partnership with others. It is essential that the organisation(s) which will be delivering the services have previous experience of delivering relationship support activities.
You can apply by completing the relevant response template and returning it to relationship.support@education.gsi.gov.uk by the 10:00am on the 28 September. More details can be found on the relationship support section of the DfE website.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000, 85000000, 73210000, 79411000, 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: yes
Tenders may be submitted for one or more lots
II.1.9)Information about variants
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
II.2.2)Information about options
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Starting 3.12.2012. Completion 31.3.2015

Information about lots

Lot No: 1 Lot title: Universal preventative support

1)Short description
Evidence shows that it is normal for all relationships to encounter pressures, either through difficult life events (such as unemployment or ill health) or due to differences in culture or value systems; but it is the way in which couples approach these difficulties that determines whether their relationship will continue to thrive. The Department would like to commission evidenced based, universal preventative support which is targeted at key transition points in couple relationships, for example the decision to marry, move in together or have a child.
The aim of intervention will be to provide couples with relationship support as a preventative measure, so that they understand that stress points are normal for all couples and that relationships need working on to maintain satisfaction over time. The intervention must help couples to:
— Understand the influence of their family experiences on their relationship,
— Identify what works well in their relationship and what areas could be worked on,
— Build communication and listening skills,
— Develop skills of negotiation and compromise.
We would welcome partnership bids or sub contracting arrangements and would consider funding more than one type of intervention or more than one approach targeted at different groups.
Indicative funding range: 900k – 1.7m GBP. Starting April 2013 and running for two years.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73210000, 79411000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 2 Lot title: Targeted Preventative Support
1)Short description
Certain groups of young people and adults are particularly at risk of relationship breakdown and/ or forming relationships which are unhealthy and which can have negative impacts on their children. Relationship breakdown can lead to poverty, socio-economic disadvantage, physical and psychological ill health and behavioural problems including crime. There are a number of factors which make relationships more vulnerable to conflict and breakdown, including low education levels, unemployment, drug and alcohol problems and mental illness. In a minority of cases this can lead to children being put at risk.
The Department would like to commission evidenced based preventative interventions which target men and women and / or couples who are likely to face relationship stress or be at risk of relationship breakdown.
The aim of the intervention(s) will be to:
— increase relationship satisfaction,
— where relevant, encourage individuals to consider their relationship choices before forming relationships,
— increase parents understanding of the impact of their relationship on their children; and,
— increase collaboration between parents.
Bidders should consider how these services could be provided in a way that does not stigmatise participants.
We would welcome partnership bids or sub contracting arrangements and would consider trialling more than one approach.
Indicative funding range: 3.9m – 4.7m GBP. Starting from December 2012 and running for two years and four months.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85000000, 79411000

3)Quantity or scope
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 3 900 000 and 4 700 000 GBP
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 3 Lot title: Culture Change
1)Short description
Relationship support is currently often seen as something that couples only take up if they have significant problems and this is often too late to make a difference.
The Department would like to commission culture change activities to encourage couples to see accessing relationship support as a normal thing to do to strengthen their relationship, rather than just something which is sought at crisis point.
This could be achieved through:
— national awareness raising campaigns on the importance of strong and stable relationships and the benefits of relationship support,
— generating and responding to debate on relationship issues in and via the media,
— building corporate relationships to help employers to recognise the impact of relationship wellbeing on work performance and to encourage them to support employees through the work place and as part of their role in leading society.
We would welcome partnership bids or sub contracting arrangements.
Indicative funding range: 1.9m – 2.6m GBP. Starting from December 2012 and running for two years and four months.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79340000, 79411000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 4 Lot title: Support for Couples Experiencing Difficulties
1)Short description
If couples do experience difficulties in their relationship, being able to access support which enables them to work through their problems can help to resolve conflict, or if this is not possible, separate amicably so as not to impact negatively on the wider family.
The aim of interventions will be to provide evidenced based support for couples who are experiencing difficulties, particularly targeted at those who:
— do not access mainstream support (such as certain BME groups),
— have particular needs (such as parents with disabled children); or,
— are in significant conflict.
Interventions should be evidenced based and, where applicable, provided by a trained and supported counsellor.
We would welcome partnership bids or sub contracting arrangements.
Indicative funding range 4m – 4.9m GBP. Starting in April 2013 and running for two years.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

85320000, 85312300

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 5 Lot title: Training: Local children’s and families workforce
1)Short description
The local children’s and families workforce are often the professionals that have the most contact with couples who may be experiencing relationship problems. However, many of these practitioners are not currently able to identify couples in relationship distress, or, if they are, do not know how best to support them.
We wish to commission training to help children and families practitioners to identify relationship issues and signpost parents appropriately. This could include leadership and frontline staff in Sure Start Children’s Centres, health visitors and midwives.
At a time of budget reductions and conflicting priorities, we would welcome innovative approaches for how best to reach this workforce.
We would welcome partnership bids or sub contracting arrangements.
Indicative funding range: 700k – 1m GBP. Starting in April 2013 and running for two years.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80500000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 6 Lot title: Training: Developing expert practitioners
1)Short description
Developing expert practitioners is key to building the capacity and sustainability of the relationship support sector.
The Department would like to commission training programmes which further develop expert practitioners within the field of relationship support. We would welcome innovative approaches that maximise value for money and partnership arrangements.
Indicative funding range: 700k – 1m GBP. Starting in April 2013 and running for two years.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

80500000

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots
Lot No: 7 Lot title: Policy and Local Infrastructure Development
1)Short description
The current relationship support local infrastructure is immature and requires development to increase capacity and sustainability.
In addition, the importance of couple relationships and the positive impact of relationship support interventions are not currently uniformly recognised across local and central government.
The Department would like to commission strategic support from national level relationship support organisations, with the aim of:
— developing the local relationship support infrastructure to build efficiency, capacity and sustainability – including influencing local commissioning decisions; and,
— providing central Government with expertise to ensure that the importance of strong and stable relationships and the positive impact of relationship support interventions are recognised in policy development.
We would welcome partnership bids.
Indicative funding range: 800k – 1.4m GBP. Grant starting from December 2012 and running for two years and four months.
2)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79411000, 85312300

3)Quantity or scope
4)Indication about different date for duration of contract or starting/completion
5)Additional information about lots

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
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
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
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
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
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 27.9.2012 – 23:59
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
28.9.2012 – 10:00
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
until: 8.2.2013
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

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
GO Reference: GO-201288-PRO-4141595.
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

The address in 1 in the first instance

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:8.8.2012

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