Tender for National Kinship Care Advice Service

Tender for National Kinship Care Advice Service

The Scottish Government’s Children and Families Directorate, on behalf of the care and protection division, wishes to re-commission the National Kinship Care Advice Service to run initially for circa. 2 years.

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Social work and related services

2020/S 045-107689

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: Scottish Government
Postal address: Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw
Town: Glasgow
NUTS code: UKM
Postal code: G2 8LU
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: karen.gubbins@gov.scot
Telephone: +44 3002446718

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: 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

Body governed by public law

I.5)Main activity

Social protection

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement


Provision of National Kinship Care Advice Service

Reference number: CASE/490027

II.1.2)Main CPV code


II.1.3)Type of contract


II.1.4)Short description:

The Scottish Government’s Children and Families Directorate, on behalf of the care and protection division, wishes to re-commission the National Kinship Care Advice Service to run initially for circa. 2 years (1 July 2020 – 31 March 2022) with the option of extending for a further year (2 + 1 procurement model) into 2023.

II.1.5)Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 810 000.00 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: UKM

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) approach supports children and young people so that they can grow up feeling loved, safe and respected and can realise their full potential. The 2017-18 Children’s Social Work Statistics Scotland highlighted that there are around 4100 (28 %) looked after children living in formal kinship care placements, and more are living in informal or private kinship arrangements. These kinship care arrangements mean that young people often remain in their local communities, attending the same school as they did when in the care of birth parents and in many cases increases significantly the likelihood of stability throughout childhood. Children in kinship care have often experienced adverse childhood experiences, which can contribute to an increased vulnerability. Their carers require additional knowledge and skills in order to promote their welfare and wellbeing. The Scottish Government recognises the important role played by kinship carers in providing secure, stable and nurturing homes for children who cannot be cared for by their birth parents, and so wishes to re-commission the National Kinship Care Advice Service to provide vital support to these families. This requirement will be awarded to a single supplier.

II.2.6)Estimated value

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

Start: 01/07/2020
End: 31/03/2022

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 value stated in this Notice includes the 12-month option period should it be required. 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:

List and brief description of rules and criteria:

Statement for 4B.4

Bidders must demonstrate a current ratio of no less than 1.0.

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.

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)Form of procedure

Open procedure
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:

Open 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: 02/04/2020
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

VI.3)Additional information:

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 contract, the insurances indicated below:

Employer’s (compulsory) liability insurance = GBP 5 million

Public liability insurance = GBP 1 million

Professional indemnity insurance = GBP 1 million

ESPD will be scored on a pass/fail basis.

The contract award criteria will be price 20%/quality 80 %.

Question scoring methodology for award criteria outlined in invitation to tender:

0 = Unacceptable. Nil or inadequate response. Fails to demonstrate an ability to meet the requirement.

1 = Poor. Response is partially relevant but generally poor. The response addresses some elements of the requirement but contains insufficient/limited detail or explanation to demonstrate how the requirement will be fulfilled.

2 = Acceptable. Response is relevant and acceptable. The response addresses a broad understanding of the requirement but may lack details on how the requirement will be fulfilled in certain areas.

3 = Good. Response is relevant and good. The response is sufficiently detailed to demonstrate a good understanding and provides details on how the requirements will be fulfilled.

4 = Excellent. Response is completely relevant and excellent overall.

Bidders must complete the ESPD (Scotland) to demonstrate adherence to the exclusion and selection criteria for this procurement.

If there are named subcontractors/technicians upon which the bidder will rely to meet the selection criteria,these named parties must complete and reattach the ESPD supplier response form attached to ESPD questions 2C.1.1 (Technicians) and 2D.1.2 (Subcontractors) on PCS-T. These parties must complete the first three sections of the ESPD form, as well as any part of the section 4 selection criteria that the main bidder will rely upon the parties to fulfil. If parties have not yet been identified, this information may be required at a later date. Scottish Government reserves the right to request this information from relevant parties upon whom the main bidder will not rely to fulfil selection criteria.

4C.10 bidders will be required to confirm whether they intend to sub-contract and if so, for what proportion of the contract.

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 15915. The ITT code is 34678 For more information

See: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2343

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 15915. For more information see: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/info/InfoCentre.aspx?ID=2343

(SC Ref:616007)

VI.4)Procedures for review

VI.4.1)Review body

Official name: Sheriff Court House
Postal address: 27 Chambers Street
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: