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United Kingdom-London: Probation services
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Probation Services (Accredited Programmes and Unpaid Work)
The Ministry of Justice intends to tender for probation intervention and rehabilitation services in England and Wales. The services to be procured are expected to comprise:
— provision of unpaid work (or “community payback”) for all offenders,
— accredited programmes for all offenders except sex offenders, and
— rehabilitative interventions, which are delivered as part of Rehabilitation Activity Requirements (“RAR”) and resettlement interventions.
Enabling services and interventions to support desistance will also be available to procure via the dynamic framework.
This PIN has been issued for Innovation Partners to deliver unpaid work and accredited programmes and support the NPS to identify and deliver wider innovation. A separate notice has been issued for rehabilitative services and resettlement interventions.
This PIN is being issued for market engagement purposes only.
Any information provided is indicative only of the Authority’s current intentions and is subject to change.
England and Wales.
This PIN relates to the Authority’s intention to procure the following services either combined or as standalone services:
Unpaid Work (UPW):
UPW is a form of community payback whereby an offender is ordered by the court to carry out between 40 and 300 hours of community work. Offenders with employment, training or educational needs are permitted to use up to 20 % of their ordered UPW hours towards education and training to help them develop skills. UPW requires the management of the offenders, through sourcing appropriate placements, effective supervision of placements and the passing on of appropriate information to the Authority to ensure risk is managed by the case manager. The delivery of UPW services is primarily logistical and administrative in nature and requires organisations to source and schedule work placements, provide administration support, provide transport services for users and to lead/supervise placements as required.
Accredited programmes (APs):
Accredited programmes are interventions accredited by the Correctional Services Accreditation and Advice Panel (CSAAP), a body of independent, experts, which is chaired by HMPPS. The two most common and widely available programmes are Thinking Skills Programme (TSP) and Building Better Relationships (BBR), the latter aimed at offenders who have committed offences related to domestic violence. Accredited Programmes which address sexual offending will continue to be delivered by the NPS. APs can be ordered by the court as a requirement of a community sentence, undertaken whilst serving a custodial sentence or a condition of License or post release supervision (only community delivery being procured except for Wales). Organisations will be required to deliver accredited programmes at appropriate locations and at appropriate times to meet the needs of the cohorts in the region.
The procurement activity is expected to commence in autumn 2019, ending summer 2020 to allow for a period of mobilisation and transition.
The Authority will conduct a series of market engagement events between May and July 2019 to inform service and contract design, and we invite all interested suppliers to attend. Details regarding initial events can be found below; additional events will be publicised in due course. If you would like to register to hear more information about these events, please contact: ProbationAPandUPW@justice.gov.uk
It is the Authority’s intention to share draft tender documents, including the draft Dynamic Framework Agreement, with interested suppliers ahead of the competition. If you would like to receive these documents, please register your interest by emailing the following address: ProbationAPandUPW@justice.gov.uk
Launch events (28th to 30.5.2019).
The launch events will outline:
— our vision for probation services and what we want to achieve,
— indicative procurement timelines.
These will be joint events covering 2 procurements:
1) Accredited Programmes (“APs”) and Unpaid Work (“UPW”); and
2) Rehabilitative and resettlement interventions. Dates have been scheduled for:
— London: 28.5.2019 (10:30 to 13:00) — also available via Webinar,
— Cardiff: 29.5.2019 (10:30 to 13:00),
— Manchester: 3.5.2019 (10:30 to 13:00).
Webinars: service descriptions (5th June to 6.6.2019).
Webinars, providing an overview of the various services to be procured are scheduled for Wednesday 5th June and Thursday 6th June.
If your like to register for any of the launch events or webinars please go to: http://probationlaunch.eventbrite.com
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
This PIN replaces the following 2 PINS:
1) 2018/S 145-331899 — dispatch date of 26.7.2018; and
2) 2018/S 145-331911 — dispatch date of 27.7.2018.
The services within scope of the Authority’s anticipated requirements are listed within Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR) and so pursuant to Regulation 74 of the PCR will be subject to the light touch regime under which the Authority is not obliged to comply with the full requirements of the PCR. The Authority intends to conduct a 2-stage selection and award procurement process and reserves the right to conduct negotiations, dialogue and/or clarifications with bidders. The Authority will comply with its obligations of equal treatment, transparency, non-discrimination and proportionality at all times during the procurement.
This PIN is being issued for market testing and engagement purposes only. Any information about the proposed procurement is indicative only of the Authority’s current intentions and is subject to change.
These proposed contracts will cover England and Wales only.
In accordance with the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, the Authority must consider:
(a) how what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area where it exercises its functions; and
(b) how in conducting the process of procurement it might act with a view to securing that improvement. Accordingly, the subject matter of the contracts will be scoped to take into account the priorities of the Authority relating to economic, social and environmental well-being. These priorities will also be reflected in the award evaluation criteria for the award of the contracts, to the extent that the Authority considers it relevant and proportionate to the subject matter of the contracts.
The Authority is not liable for any costs incurred by candidates or suppliers including in respect of participating in the market engagement nor expressing an interest or in tendering for this opportunity. The Authority reserves the right to abandon or terminate the procurement (or any part of it) at its own discretion.