Scottish Government National Safeguarders Panel Management Service

Scottish Government National Safeguarders Panel Management Service

The Scottish Government has a requirement to place a contract with an external service provider for the provision of National Safeguarders Panel Management Service 2020 – 2024.

United Kingdom-Edinburgh: Welfare services for children and young people

2019/S 193-469058

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Scottish Government
Area 3A South, Victoria Quay, The Shore
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312447676
NUTS code: UKM

I.2)Information about joint procurement

The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body


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:
Electronic communication requires the use of tools and devices that are not generally available. Unrestricted and full direct access to these tools and devices is possible, free of charge, at:

I.4)Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


National Safeguarders Panel Management Service 2020-2024

Reference number: CASE/278814

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Scottish Government has a requirement to place a contract with an external service provider for the provision of National Safeguarders Panel Management Service 2020-2024. Safeguarders are appointed by children’s hearings or sheriffs where there is a requirement to safeguard the interests of the child in the proceedings. The safeguarders provides the hearing and/or court with an independent assessment of what is in the child’s best interest. Safeguarders are a well-established and valued element of the children’s hearings system providing independent scrutiny of assessments and plans for children.

The contractor will be responsible for the recruitment of safeguarders and will manage, and be responsible for, recruitment activity required to ensure sufficient numbers of suitable safeguarders are available to meet demand throughout Scotland. The contractor will be required to maintain records of all recruitment activity.

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: UKM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Please see specification of requirements for full details.

II.2.5)Award criteria

Criteria below
Quality criterion – Name: Quality / Weighting: 70 %
Price – Weighting: 30 %
II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Option to extend for an additional 12 + 12 months.

II.2.10)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no

II.2.11)Information about options

Options: no
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 Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Safeguarders Panel) Regulations 2012 (‘the 2012 Regulations’) include, among other things, provision on recruitment and selection, appointment and removal, training, fees and the operation and management of the panel. There are currently around 140 serving Safeguarders in Scotland.

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

List and brief description of selection criteria:

Statement for 4B.4:

Bidders must demonstrate a current ratio of no less than 0.9 current ratio will be calculated as follows: Net current assets divided by net current liabilities.

There must be no qualification or contra-indication from any evidence provided in support of the bidders economic and financial standing.

Statement for 4B.5

It is a requirement of this contract that bidders hold or can commit to obtain prior to the commencement of any subsequently awarded contract, the types of insurance listed below:

Employers (compulsory) liability insurance = 5 000 000 GBP;

Public liability insurance = 1 000 000 GBP;

Professional indemnity insurance = 1 000 000 GBP.

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: 13/11/2019
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:


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

Tender must be valid until: 03/08/2020

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 13/11/2019
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:

Please note:

The contract start date is 1.7.2020

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The project code is 14655. For more information see:

(SC Ref:599800)

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Scottish Government
Area 3A South, Victoria Quay, The Shore
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1312447676
E-mail: william.maclean@gov.scotInternet address:
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: