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United Kingdom-London: Probation services
Prior information notice
This notice is a call for competition
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Intervention services for resettlement and rehabilitation
The Ministry of Justice intends to retender the intervention and rehabilitation services in Wales which form part of probation services. The services to be procured are expected to comprise:
— Provision of unpaid work schemes (also known as community payback) and all accredited programmes (except sex offender treatment programmes),
— Co-ordination, delivery and facilitation of access to rehabilitation services, including as part of rehabilitation activity requirements,
— Working with National Probation Service and Prisons to provide and facilitate access to support to offenders in custody pre and post-release from prison, and,
— Working with partners to reduce crime and protect the public, including the National Probation Service, Prisons, the Police, Courts, other criminal justice agencies and wider partners such as local authorities and health providers.
Additional CPV code(s):
Probation services are at the heart of an effective criminal justice system. They deliver the orders of the court, protect the public from harm and rehabilitate offenders. Whether an offender receives a community sentence or is sent to prison, probation will be central to ensuring that justice is done and criminals become law-abiding members of society. For many offenders, community sentences are a more effective option than prison, but if these punishments are to fulfil their potential it is vital they are properly delivered and enforced, that offenders are effectively supervised and that the courts, victims and the public have confidence in the ability of probation to do this.
The delivery of these services will be to all offenders who are identified as suitable for the intervention(s) by the National Probation Service or prisons in Wales. Offenders will be drawn from across the offender cohort in Wales and allocated to specific interventions in accordance with Probation Service assessment and the sentence of the court.
Although criminal justice in Wales is not devolved, vital agencies such as healthcare, education and social services are, and probation relies heavily on close working relationships with these key organisations. Due to the unique arrangements in Wales, the decision has been made that in the future the NPS will assume responsibility for the management of all offenders in Wales. Intervention and rehabilitation services would then be separately procured.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Selection criteria to be as stated in future procurement documents
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
The procurement activity is expected to commence in 2019 with the new contract(s) to be operational from the end of 2020. This also includes a transition period of approximate six months. Please note that this procurement is separate to the procurement of probation services in England.
The Ministry of Justice is undertaking service and contract design activity in the coming months and would encourage the inputs of interested suppliers. As such we are organising structured market engagement activity over September and October.
The launch event is planned to be held in Cardiff on the 3rd September.
Please register your interest to attend the launch event in Cardiff via email to:
When emailing us, please quote the PIN number related to the opportunity you are interested in.
A briefing pack will be issued to all suppliers registering for the events by 30.8.2018.
The launch event will be followed by a series of thematic discussions, further information will be provided in the briefing pack with instructions on how to register and attend. The thematic events will broadly be split into service and commercial model.
For any information on this opportunity, please contact, the Probation Programme procurement team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional market engagement activity with voluntary sector organisations operating in the justice sector will be undertaken in collaboration with Clinks.
Services will be procured by one or more contracts – this will be confirmed at contract notice stage.
It is our intention that the services being awarded are listed within Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and pursuant to regulation 74 of those Regulations will be subject to the Light Touch Regime.
This PIN is being issued for Market Testing and Engagement purposes and details pertaining to the proposed procurement will be set out in the contract notice that we currently anticipate will be issued early 2019.
These proposed contracts will be to cover Wales only.
The duration of the contracts is estimated at present and will be confirmed in the contract notice.
The total value of the contracts, is indicative per annum at present, and based on an estimated range of between 45 000 000 GBP and 65 000 000 GBP over the full term of the contracts. This will similarly be confirmed in the contract notice...