Recruitment Services for Foster Carers in London

Recruitment Services for Foster Carers in London

The London Borough of Bromley invites tenders from contractors with detailed knowledge and experience of providing Recruitment Services for Foster Carers.

United Kingdom-Bromley: Health and social work services

2017/S 106-213415

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

London Borough of Bromley
Civic Centre, Stockwell Close
United Kingdom
NUTS code: UKJ4Internet address(es):Main address:

I.2)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

Regional or local authority

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Recruitment of the Foster Carer Service.

Reference number: DN259771

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The London Borough of Bromley invites tenders from contractors with detailed knowledge and experience of providing Recruitment Services for Foster Carers as detailed in the Tender Documentation and Service Specification.

It is proposed that the procurement process is carried out through a negotiated light tough regime, with a contract term of 3 years with the option to extend for a further 2 years. The estimated contract value over the whole 5 year period is 1 000 000 GBP.

The tender opportunity will be run electronically through the London Tenders Portal and suppliers will need to register their company with the portal at to ensure they are able to submit the relevant documents. All applications MUST be made through the London Tenders Portal ONLY and NOT to the Contact Details contained within this notice.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 1 000 000.00 GBP

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: UKJ4
Main site or place of performance:


II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The provider will:

Provide a recruitment and advertising strategy, process initial carer enquiries, conduct an initial ‘Skills to Foster’ course, undertake all elements of the assessment of prospective carers, complete the formal written record and present the prospective carers to the Bromley Fostering Panel for consideration.

Provide professional supervision to the assessors and a robust quality assurance package. To ensure compliance with the standards required for our fostering panel, all reports will be required to be quality assured and assessed at an appropriate level of quality prior to being presented to our fostering panel.

Ensure that a proportion of fostering units recruited are prepared to take on specific types of placements where Bromley has specific shortages (male or sibling placements, adolescents) and a proportion of these foster carers will be of a Black and Minority Ethnic background, a measure required due to a shortage of carers from this demographic.

II.2.6)Estimated value

Value excluding VAT: 1 000 000.00 GBP

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

Start: 01/03/2018
End: 28/02/2021

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 provider will be subject to minimum quality requirements when responding to carer enquiries and carrying out initial assessments and will be required to ensure that each carer is recruited within a maximum 10 mile radius of Bromley’s borough boundaries and within a minimum timeframe of 16 weeks from the carer first registering an interest. Start date may vary depending on negotiations.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation

III.1.4)Objective rules and criteria for participation

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

Evaluation of the tender will be based on the CIPFA standing guide to the commissioning of local authority work and services tender evaluation model and in full compliance with EU Directives, the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules and in accordance with the stated criteria. Tenderers should note that the evaluation of the above criteria for Quality issues etc. will also include the operation of minimum score thresholds. If the Tenderer’s proposal receives a score below the required threshold then the bid may not be considered further. (The minimum acceptable score is a requirement to obtain at least half of the available points in any particular area.)

An indicative use of this model can be downloaded from the Council’s website at

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

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing 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:
IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:
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: 03/07/2017
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

Electronic invoicing will be accepted
Electronic payment will be used

VI.3)Additional information:

The Council works with the London Boroughs of Bexley, Lewisham, Greenwich, Lambeth, Southwark and Croydon. In addition to the bodies identified above, in appropriate circumstances and in compliance with any legal and regulatory requirement, the opportunity for services to be provided through this contract may also be offered to the above mentioned organisations who may have similar usage volumes.

The Council may make use of the contract for further negotiated arrangements to the extent permissible and in compliance with the relevant Procurement Regulations. Prospective contractors are advised that the documents issued at this time in conjunction with the OJEU Tender Notice may be supplemented and/or amended as provided for in Regulation 53(6) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

To view this notice, please click here:

GO Reference: GO-2017531-PRO-10319769.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Royal Courts of Justice
The Strand
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2079476000

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures

Royal Courts of Justice
The Strand, Holborn
United Kingdom

VI.4.3)Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Complaints during the procurement process are conducted under the Official Journal for the European Union (OJEU) in line with the Public Contracts Regulations (2015). Our processes are conducted in a fair, open and transparent manner. We are committed to developing constructive relationships with suppliers and are keen to generate maximum competition in all of our procurements to deliver best value and sustainable cost savings for the taxpayer. The outcome of the evaluation process is totally dependent on the competitive strength of the individual bid submissions, regardless of the bidder’s size or place on existing / previous arrangements. We are committed to treating all suppliers fairly and all feedback and complaints are given full and fair consideration. If at any stage we believe that a mistake has been made by us, please be assured that we will rectify it to the extent that we can legally do so. In order to complain you must first be registered on the eSourcing tool for the relevant procurement event. All complaints must be raised via the eSourcing tool messaging facility. If you are still unsatisfied at the outcome of a procurement competition and wish to challenge it, then you should issue legal proceedings under Part 3 chapter 6 (Applications to the Court) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and serve them on the Government Legal Department in accordance with the Civil Procedure Rules Part 66 (Crown Proceedings) and its associated Practice Direction. Please note that service by email is subject to prior agreement with the Head of Litigation at the Government Legal Department Solicitor’s Department and is not routinely given.

VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

Royal Courts of Justice
The Strand, Holborn
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2079476000

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:



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