Family Safeguarding Tender Oxfordshire

Family Safeguarding Tender Oxfordshire

The Family Safeguarding Plus Model is designed to improve the main statutory children’s social work services from the assessment of vulnerable children through to children that are the subject of children in need or child protection plan and those children who first come into care.

United Kingdom-Oxford: Guidance and counselling services

2020/S 027-063392

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Oxfordshire County Council
Postal address: 4th Floor, County Hall, New Road
Town: Oxford
NUTS code: UKJ14
Postal code: OX1 1ND
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Mr Simon Walkden
E-mail: simon.walkden@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 7748921109
Internet address(es):Main address: http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk

I.2)Information about joint procurement

I.3)Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert/Index?advertId=4e746eaf-7e3b-ea11-80fc-005056b64545
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert/Index?advertId=4e746eaf-7e3b-ea11-80fc-005056b64545

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

II.1.1)Title:

Family Safeguarding Plus (Domestic Abuse Services)

Reference number: DN458903

II.1.2)Main CPV code

85312300

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The Family Safeguarding Plus Model (FSPM) is designed to improve the main statutory children’s social work services from the assessment of vulnerable children through to children that are the subject of children in need or child protection plan and those children who first come into care.

Family Safeguarding was developed by Hertfordshire County Council in 2015, where it has delivered a radical impact in improving outcomes for children and their families whilst also significantly reducing demands and costs for the county. The model has been independently evaluated as being very effective, complimented by Ofsted and is being replicated by at least 12 other English local authorities. Key to its success is the initial intensive support provided to both children and the adults in their families.

FSPM will implement changes to the Children and Families Assessment Teams (CAFAT) and statutory Family Solutions Services (FSS) teams within the Children, Education and Families Directorate. FSP will not significantly change the current early help and targeted support services within CEF but it will consider the interdependencies with these services and others such as the looked after children/leaving care teams and the children with disabilities service.

Business need

These changes are required to address the significant rise in service demand for statutory children’s social work services. The National Audit Office report published in January 2019 outlined the national picture as one of increasing demand over the last 5 years. The Oxfordshire position is like the national one where we have seen an increase in referrals and interventions. The NAO report points to the characteristics of domestic abuse, parental mental health and drug/alcohol abuse as the key drivers of demand. A similar pattern has been seen in Oxfordshire and it is acknowledged that, although the current service model is good at managing the demand it does not address the root causes.

The FSPM is predicated on multi-disciplinary joint children’s and adult teams. The model will therefore be implemented by building on the skills mix of current children’s social work teams by adding adult mental health expertise, domestic abuse specialist and substance misuse workers. In addition to this the offer will be enhanced by co-locating the teams with targeted Early Help teams and by providing dedicated working arrangements with other key services (Housing Support and Leisure and Youth Services) through our partnership with Cherwell District Council.

This tender is for the domestic abuse services required to support this model

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 455 000.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: yes
Tenders may be submitted for all lots
II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Specialist Victim Worker Role

Lot No: 1

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85312300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKJ14

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The specialist workers will provide high-quality interventions, support and safety planning, to the person who is at risk of, or a victim of domestic abuse. This will include working with the victim and relevant partner agencies to safely maintain their current accommodation or access alternative housing where necessary. Specialist victim workers will also be expected to work closely with other team members including the children’s social worker(s), specialist perpetrator workers involved with the family and substance misuse or mental health specialist workers within the team or other support agency working with the family.

The specialist workers supporting parents who are victims of domestic abuse will be tasked with assessment of need and risk and will ensure the immediate safety of the victim is addressed. They will also be expected to work on a one-to-one basis with victim parents using Family Safeguarding Plus strengths based approaches including motivational interviewing. Specialist workers will also be responsible for contributing to the delivery of recovery programmes for victims of domestic abuse.

The specialist workers will need to ensure that they work to avoid re-traumatising victims. Techniques employed must be based on an in depth understanding of coercive control, Stockholm Syndrome and trauma bonding as well as the very real difficulties caused where victims of domestic abuse are affected by cognitive dissonance.

The estimated value shown includes the optional extension period.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 727 500.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 18
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

There is an option to extend for up to 18 months.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

The subject matter of this procurement process relates to the delivery of services which are listed to in Schedule 3 to the regulations. As such the full regime set out in the regulations will not apply to the award of the framework contracts. Consequently, the procurement process adopted by the commissioners has been developed in accordance with Regulation 76 of the regulations and in particular in accordance with the fundamental public procurement principles of transparency and equal treatment. For the avoidance of doubt this means that the commissioners have not adopted the open procedure (as such term is defined in the regulations) for the undertaking of this procurement process. The fact that in this contract notice at Section IV.1) the field/box relating to type of procedure may default to the term ‘Open’ does not mean that this procedure is being followed by the commissioners.

The estimated value includes the optional 18 months.

II.2)Description

II.2.1)Title:

Specialist Abusive Parent and/or Partner Role (Perpetrators)

Lot No: 2

II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

85312300

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKJ14

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The specialist workers will provide high-quality evidence-based practice to challenge and support changes in, behaviour of abusive parents/partners of parents of carers to reduce harm caused by domestic abuse. Specialist perpetrator workers will use motivational interviewing and other strengths-based techniques to obtain information about perpetrators of domestic abuse in high risk families through interviews and enquiries. The specialist workers will process information relating to the individuals’ abusive behaviour, keep records and update other colleagues in the team where appropriate.

Specialist perpetrator workers will take the lead in assessing risk using appropriate risk-based tools and will do this in collaboration with partner agencies such as police, Community Rehabilitation Company, National Probation Service, Youth Justice Service and other relevant agencies. Based on an assessment of need the workers may refer abusive parents/partners to specific interventions available locally.

The specialist perpetrator workers will initially work intensively with abusive parents and partners, delivering both groupwork and 1:1 intervention. Interventions will be evidence-based approaches advocated by the specialist provider to support positive changes in behaviour which reduce risk to victims and children and support perpetrators to recognise and take responsibility for their actions. Longer term work may also be offered where this is necessary to support sustained change. Specialist workers will also be responsible for referring abusive parents and partners to other programmes where there is a continuing need and this is appropriate and available.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 727 500.00 GBP

II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 18
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

There is an option to extend for up to 18 months.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no

II.2.14)Additional information

The subject matter of this procurement process relates to the delivery of services which are listed to in Schedule 3 to the regulations. As such the full regime set out in the regulations will not apply to the award of the framework contracts. Consequently, the procurement process adopted by the commissioners has been developed in accordance with Regulation 76 of the regulations and in particular in accordance with the fundamental public procurement principles of transparency and equal treatment. For the avoidance of doubt this means that the commissioners have not adopted the open procedure (as such term is defined in the regulations) for the undertaking of this procurement process. The fact that in this contract notice at Section IV.1) the field/box relating to type of procedure may default to the term ‘Open’ does not mean that this procedure is being followed by the commissioners.

The estimated value includes the optional extension of up to 18 months.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
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)Description

IV.1.1)Type of procedure

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
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

Date: 10/03/2020
Local time: 12:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:

English

IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 10/03/2020
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no

VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used
Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Oxfordshire County Council
Town: Oxford
Postal code: OX1 1ND
Country: United Kingdom
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:

03/02/2020