Adoption Agency Services Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 

Adoption Agency Services Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council wishes to invite tenders for the supply of services in respect of a VAA Regional Adoption Agency Services.

United Kingdom-Cambridge: Health and social work services

2018/S 216-494899

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Cambridgeshire County Council
Shire Hall
United Kingdom
NUTS code: UKH12
Internet address(es):Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

I.1)Name and addresses

Peterborough City Council
Sand Martin House, Bittern Way, Fletton Quays
United Kingdom
NUTS code: UKH11
Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract involves 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 electronically via:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

Other activity: Adoption

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterbough City Council VAA Regional Adoption Agency (RAA)

Reference number: DN371070

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) and Peterborough City Council (PCC) (The “Authority”) wishes to invite tenders for the supply of services in respect of a VAA Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) Services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The successful Potential Provider will be responsible for providing this service and liaising closely with the Contract Manager identified by the Authority. VAA’s are required to be registered (Adoption Agency and Adoption support Agency) with OFSTED, this opportunity is only open to such registered VAA’s. LGSS Procurement is managing this procurement process in accordance with the Light Touch Regime (LTR) within the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 on behalf of the Authorities.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

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: UKH11
NUTS code: UKH12

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council are working together to develop a new Regional Adoption Agency that is focused on securing timely adoptions for children in care where appropriate. The scope of the proposals within this service specification is very wide, including all of the Council’s Adoption Services, and some limited functions associated with support to children and families affected by special guardianship and family arrangement Orders.

Bringing together two adoption services has huge potential gains. It is the strength of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough brand, together with the combined assets of our adopters and staff, brought together with innovation and investment by a Voluntary Adoption Agency that we are confident will generate the outcomes we want to achieve for children with a plan for adoption, and allow the development of the regional adoption agency. This opportunity is only open to Registered OFSTED VAAs.

TUPE is applicable to this tender and there is likely to be employees transferring from existing service provider(s), the successful service provider will therefore be required to enter into an admission body agreement for provision of the local government pension scheme.

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 28 941 615.00 GBP

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

Duration in months: 180
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
II.2.14)Additional information

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

Procedure involving negotiations
IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement

IV.1.10)Identification of the national rules applicable to the procedure:

Information about national procedures is available at:

IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:

The Authority is utilising a competitive process with negotiation. The Authority reserves the right not to conduct any negotiation meetings. Instead, the Authority may award the contract based on the outcome of the evaluation of initial tenders. Only the 3 top scoring Providers will be invited to negotiation.

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: 20/12/2018
Local time: 12:00

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
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: