Tender for Counselling Services in East Lothian Schools

Tender for Counselling Services in East Lothian Schools

To deliver counselling services for children and young people in East Lothian Primary and Secondary Schools.

United Kingdom-Haddington: Guidance and counselling services

2020/S 099-238591

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses

Official name: East Lothian Council
Postal address: John Muir House, East Lothian
Town: Haddington
NUTS code: UKM73
Postal code: EH41 3HA
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: procurement@eastlothian.gov.uk
Telephone: +44 1620827827
I.2)Information about joint procurement


The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at: https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via: https://www.publictendersscotland.publiccontractsscotland.gov.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


Counselling Services in East Lothian Schools

Reference number: ELC-20-2262

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

East Lothian Council is seeking to appoint a provider to deliver counselling services for children and young people in East Lothian Primary and Secondary Schools. The counselling service will be delivered predominantly in East Lothian schools, but also where appropriate, in other suitable community settings, to support children and young people aged 10 to 18 years.

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: UKM73
Main site or place of performance:

East Lothian

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

East Lothian Council is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced service provider to deliver counselling services in East Lothian schools for children and young people aged 10 to 18 years.

II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Duration in months: 36

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

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

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:

Tenderers must meet criteria with regard to relevant experience, qualifications, insurance levels, financial standing and quality systems.

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:

All counselling team staff must be appropriately trained, qualified and accredited/registered by their professional/therapeutic body. For example, counselling staff delivering services will be accredited with COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) or BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

The service provider will conform to agreed professional standards, such as those provided by COSCA or BACP, and current best practice for school-based counselling, specifically in respect of counsellors’ qualifications, staff supervision policy, child protection policies, and continuous professional development and learning.

The successful bidder will require to enter into an information sharing agreement with East Lothian Council.

Staff performing the services will require to have the relevant disclosure checks with the PVG scheme.

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

Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement

IV.1.10)Identification of the national rules applicable to the procedure:

Information about national procedures is available at: www.gov.scot/policies/public-sector-procurement

IV.1.11)Main features of the award procedure:

The award procedure will include the evaluation of quality criteria including method statements for the delivery of the service and assessments of business continuity and data protection capability.

IV.2)Administrative information

IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S: 2020/S 078-185486

IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate / Time limit for receipt of expressions of interest

Date: 22/06/2020
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 buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 35374. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2343

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2361

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

As part of the Council’s wider duties towards its citizens, the Council wishes to engage with suppliers, providers and contractors to deliver benefits, through work experience opportunities, training opportunities or links with schools.

(SC Ref:620278)

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Edinburgh Sherriff Court
Postal address: Sherriff Court House
Town: Edinburgh
Postal code: EH1 1LB
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: