Commissioning Homes for Children Looked After and Care Leavers – London – Pseudo Dynamic Purchasing System

Commissioning Homes for Children Looked After and Care Leavers – London – Pseudo Dynamic Purchasing System

For the supply of services in respect of children’s externally commissioned care, accommodation and support services.

Commissioning Homes for Children Looked After and Care leavers PDPS

Onesource Partnership Ltd

Contract summary



  • Social work and related services – 85300000

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference

Fusion Reference ITTN26 and ITTN24

Published date

25 June 2021

Closing date

30 July 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

8 December 2021

Contract end date

7 December 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

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The London Borough of Newham wishes to establish a Pseudo-Dynamic Purchasing System (PDPS) for the supply of services in respect of children’s externally commissioned care, accommodation and support services. The services include:
Lot 1: Provision of Semi-Independent Living Services
Lot 2: Provision of Children’s Homes regulated by Ofsted
Lot 3: Provision of Supported Lodgings – to follow
Lot 4: Provision of Independent Fostering Agencies (IFA) regulated by Ofsted. – to follow
These services will be available to looked after children and care leavers.

Potential Suppliers are invited to Tender for one or more of the Lots.

This PDPS is open for use to the following (and subject to Section 3 Scope of Agreement of LAC PDPS Agreement Processor):
• any Public Body outlined in either Part I or Part II of the Local Authorities (Goods and Services) (Public Bodies) Order 1972. Details of these can be found at
The Procurement is being procured by the Authority for the benefit of the Authority and the Partner Organisations.

The procurement is being conducted in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The procurement is subject to the light-touch regime under Section 7 Social and Other Specific Services. Under Regulation 76 the Council is free to establish a procedure, provided that procedure is sufficient to ensure compliance with the principles of transparency and equal treatment of economic operators (Suppliers).

The Authority has created a tender process outlined below, as part of the PDPS applying the award criteria specified in this contract notice.

Any interested organisation/consortium with relevant experience may submit a Bid in response to this ITT.

The Council is using the one stage procedure for admission onto the PDPS

A Supplier wanting to join the PDPS will be required to apply through the Council’s procurement e-tendering portal; Fusion.

Suppliers who are unsuccessful in a specific Round may apply to be admitted to the PDPS in a subsequent or later Round

The Council will add Potential Suppliers to the PDPS throughout its duration, providing Potential Suppliers meet the requirement as outlined in the ITT and submit an Application, which is found to be compliant.

This PDPS is open for an initial term of 4 years commencing on 25/06/2021 and ending on 24/06/2025 with the option to extend for a further 4 years.

Estimated Total Aggregate Value for Newham across the lifetime of the PDPS is £182,790,000.00

Estimated Total Aggregate Value across all local authorities across the lifetime of the PDPS is £15,600,000,000.00


More information


Additional text
The Light Touch PDPS will be conducted in staged Rounds. The initial Round for this Light Touch PDPS will close on 30/07/2021.
Rounds will open and close throughout the lifetime of the PDPS at the Authorities discretion. The initial Round for this PDPS will be open for 35 calendar days. Following on from this, each Round will be open to new or previously unsuccessful Suppliers to submit their bid. A new Round will be opened within 48 hours (excluding bank holidays and weekends) of a Round closing. Please note from time to time there may be a further delay in opening a new Round within the stated 48 hours. This means that applications can be submitted throughout the duration of the PDPS, but the Council will only process the applications as and when the round is closed.*Please note the length of Rounds will vary throughout the lifetime of the PDPS.The Council intends to publish further opportunities as part of its Rounds, during the lifetime of the Pseudo-DPS, relating to Children’s commissioned care, accommodation and support services, for example the Provision of Supported Lodgings and the Provision of Independent Fostering Agencies (IFA) regulated by Ofsted.
Further ‘Rounds’ will be communicated within the tender documents at time of publication. Any changes to the procurement Timetable shall be notified to all Tenderers as soon as practicable.This contract notice is for admission onto the PDPS.

Following the submission of Bids, the Council expects to undertake an evaluation process to identify which Bid is the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT) and will be put forward for consideration to be part of the Pseudo-DPS and will be able to bid to deliver any package of services through ‘call off’ or advertised via mini competition. Further details can be found in the Tender documents

This spend is based on the 2018/2019 S251 outturn return for the following lines, for private provision and voluntary provision expenditure. It does not include expenditure relating to own provision or other public providers;
3.1.1 Residential care:
3.1.2a Fostering services (excluding fees and allowances for local authority foster carers)
3.1.5 Other children looked after services
3.1.9 Leaving care support services
The above is an indication of possible levels of spend however all of the spend recorded under these lines within the S251 return do not relate to this PDPS.

It is recommended that Suppliers applying for Lot 1 Semi- Independent Living Services attend the Organisational Safeguarding training on 9th July. This will ensure that Suppliers are clear of the expectations in this area. If Suppliers are unable to attend, the training will be recorded and available on Fusion. Please contact by 8th July to register for the training.

Tender documents are available free of charge via Oracle Fusion:


How to apply


Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.


About the buyer


Contact name

London Borough of newham


London Borough of Newham
1000 Dockside