National Assessment and Accreditation for Social Workers

National Assessment and Accreditation for Social Workers

NAAS is now in its second phase of delivery with 56 local authorities and Trusts on-board. operational delivery of NAAS assessment centres, which includes delivery of practice simulation with actors.

United Kingdom-London: Social work and related services

2019/S 141-347466

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Department for Education
Sanctuary Buildings, 20, Great Smith Street
United Kingdom
NUTS code: UK
I.2)Information about 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:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions

I.5)Main activity


Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Delivery of the National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) for Child and Families Social Workers

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) for child and families social workers forms a vital part of wider reforms to encourage child and family social workers and practice supervisors to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and skills against national standards.

We wish to procure a delivery supplier to deliver all that we need in phase 2 of the programme, between September 2019 and March 2020, with potential for extension until September 2020.

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: UK

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

NAAS is now in its second phase of delivery with 56 local authorities and Trusts on-board.

The demand from the sector to join as early adopters means the project is now very different to how it looked 2 years ago, when the last procurement was carried out.

This procurement exercise is to ensure that the successful delivery of NAAS to date is built on, and a delivery partner is in place to deliver all that we need in phase 2 between September 2019 and March 2020.

The incumbent supplier will provide a full handover to the new supplier.

This tender is for:

— management of the whole NAAS assessment delivery system including

—— operational delivery of NAAS assessment centres, which includes delivery of practice simulation with actors,

—— continuation of existing digital platform,

—— governance of the service,

—— delivery of a minimum of 800 high quality assessments to a maximum of 1950 high quality assessments between September 2019 and March 2020.

— monthly light touch support and universal communications offer to NAAS site employers,

— collaborative working with users, stakeholders and partners.

To ensure the continued delivery of assessment centres, 65 centres have been booked for the period September 2019-December 2019, using additional funding outside of this contract to pay for; venues, staff (a centre manager, assessment facilitators, assessors and actors) and logistical arrangements for the IT equipment to be delivered to the centres by courier. Information about these booked assessment centres will be handed over to the successful supplier as part of the implementation period.

On commencement of this contract, the supplier will be expected to deliver associated management and quality assurance of those booked assessment centres, and immediately commence booking and operational delivery of assessment centres for the period of January-March 2020.

The competition will commence on 19 July and the contract will be for 6 months, with 2 options to extend for a further 3 months (6 months + 3 months + 3 months). The Department wishes to assess market capability and capacity to administer and deliver a response for this service.

There will be a pre-market engagement event on 30 July from 11-1 at the Department for education, sanctuary buildings, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BT. Please register an interest in attending, max 2 per organisation, to email: by 12:00 24 July.

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

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

Start: 01/10/2019
End: 31/03/2020
This contract is subject to renewal: no

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: yes

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of options:

There will be 2 options to extend the contract for 3 months (6 months + 3 months + 3 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

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.1.1)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: 12/08/2019
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:

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

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 12/08/2019
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
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

DfE Commercial Legal
Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith
SW1 P3
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: