Tender for Adoption Recruitment and Support Services

Tender for Adoption Recruitment and Support Services

This service shall be delivered alongside the work of the Council’s Adoption Service, ensuring an integrated service for adopted Children and their families.

United Kingdom-Carlisle: Health and social work services

2020/S 098-236151

Contract notice

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: Cumbria County Council
Postal address: Cumbria House, 107 – 117 Botchergate
Town: Carlisle
NUTS code: UKD1
Postal code: CA1 1RD
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Mrs Corrina McCleary Hill
E-mail: corrina.mccleary-hill@cumbria.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1228221039
Internet address(es):Main address: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.cumbria.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: www.the-chest.org.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: www.the-chest.org.uk

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:

Adoption Recruitment and Support Services

Reference number: DN478379

II.1.2)Main CPV code

85000000

II.1.3)Type of contract

Services

II.1.4)Short description:

The number of Cumbria children requiring adoption has been moderately high over the last 5 years, alongside a local and national decrease in the numbers of approved adopters. This has resulted in a shortfall in the number of local authority adoption placements available to meet demand. The Council has therefore purchased an increasing number of placements from Voluntary Adoption Agencies.

The provision of a Cumbria Adoption Recruitment and support services contract delivered by an Adoption Agency shall ensure that effective, efficient and timely adoption placements are made for more Cumbria Children.

This service shall be delivered alongside the work of the Council’s Adoption Service, ensuring an integrated service for adopted Children and their families.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 616 430.00 GBP

II.1.6)Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)

II.2.3)Place of performance

NUTS code: UKD1

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The number of Cumbria children requiring adoption has been moderately high over the last 5 years, alongside a local and national decrease in the numbers of approved adopters. This has resulted in a shortfall in the number of local authority adoption placements available to meet demand. The Council has therefore purchased an increasing number of placements from Voluntary Adoption Agencies.

The provision of a Cumbria Adoption Recruitment and Support Services contract delivered by an Adoption Agency shall ensure that effective, efficient and timely adoption placements are made for more Cumbria Children.

The service shall recruit and support adopters, working with the Council to match referred Children with Adopters.

The provider shall make adoption placements for specific cohorts of Children, who will be referred by the Council.

This service shall be delivered alongside the work of the Council’s Adoption Service, ensuring an integrated service for adopted Children and their families.

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

Duration in months: 12
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Contract is due to end.

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

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: no
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: 17/06/2020
Local time: 11:00
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

Tender must be valid until: 14/12/2020

IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 17/06/2020
Local time: 11:00
Place:

The electronic seal will be broken after the deadline on 17 June 2020 at 11 a.m.

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Authorised staff from Cumbria County Council will verify bids.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: yes
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows

VI.3)Additional information:

Cumbria County Council is fully supportive of all aspects of diversity including ethnicity, race, religion, age,disability and sexual orientation. In this respect Cumbria County Council welcomes expressions of interest from ethnic minority, disabled and other diverse business communities and the voluntary sector. Economic operators are therefore required to fully comply with all statutory obligations/applicable legislation and there will be a requirement to participate in the Authority’s supplier audits on all aspects of diversity. The contracting authority expressly reserves the right:

I. not to award any contract as a result of the procurement process commenced by publication of this notice; and

II. to make whatever changes it may see fit to the content and structure of the tendering competition; and in no circumstances will the contracting authority be liable for any costs incurred by the candidates.

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Her Majesty’s Court Service
Postal address: Strand
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 2LL
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:

18/05/2020