National Gateway for Adoption

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Department for Education
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Contract notice
Type of contract: 
Services - Unspecified
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Monday, August 20, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012 - 00:00
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The National Gateway for Adoption will provide advice and support to people who are interested in becoming adoptive parents to give them an accessible, welcoming, friendly, and expert point of contact and access into the adoption system. The Gateway will
be expected to complement information and advice provided by local authorities, Voluntary Adoption Agencies and other sources of information about adoption. It will have several key roles: i. providing a well-publicised and authoritative source of advice and
information for prospective adopters; ii. to ensure eligible potential adopters who wish to pursue their interest in adoption are welcomed at first point of contact and are given the advice and support they need; iii. to give potential adopters a consistent
and high-quality experience, where the information provided is clear, evidenced, honest and objective, signposting them to adoption agencies to pursue their interest in becoming adoptive parents; and iv. to help inform national and local marketing and recruitment
activities. Estimated value: It is expected that the contract will have a value of between £300,000-£400,000 per full operational year. Length of contract: The contract is to be for a period covering three financial years (2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015),
with the possibility of extensions up to a total of two years.

Additional Information

How to Apply: The specification, evaluation criteria, and draft contract can be downloaded from the Department’s website at: The specification
is in two parts. Part 1 covers the selection criteria. These include information on the financial stability of the bidder’s organisation, previous experience of similar work, grounds for rejection, etc. Part 2 covers how bidders propose to meet the specification
and service costs. Bidders should complete both parts of the tender and (optional) indicate proposed changes to the draft contract. Bids should be sent electronically to the email address included in the tender pack as: a) a Microsoft Word or Word compatible
document; and b) as a portable document format (.pdf) file Only the top five bidders reaching a minimum threshold of 66 per cent after the Part 1 evaluation will have their responses to Part 2 evaluated. Bidders will be informed if they are not successful
at Part 1. Questions and enquiries should be directed to the following email address: Bids should be made to the email address included in the tender pack. Further information will be posted on the Department’s website Estimated date for award of contract 01 November 2012 (indicative).

Suitable for SMEs

Suitable for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations

Value of contract

£900000 - £2000000

Buyer's reference



Department for Education
S1 2FJ

Estimated length of contract

36 months

Low Value Tender: