As a public sector body we have a duty to consider economy, efficiency and effectiveness in everything we buy. We must also adhere to government and EU regulations relating to procurement.
Transparency of contracts and spend information
Government and EU procurement regulations require that we are open, fair and transparent about how we buy goods and services. This enables the public to hold public bodies and politicians to account. The transparency within government document explains these commitments relating to procurement and contracting in more detail.
Suppliers and organisations looking to bid for public sector business should be aware that when a contract award is made it will be published in the public domain. In some circumstances, limited redactions will be made to some contracts before they are published so that we comply with existing law and protect national security and personal privacy.
Live Contracts List August 2020– see all live contracts currently used by Cafcass.
Procurement activities and public tenders
Wherever possible we work collaboratively with other public bodies, particularly with our sponsor the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and with the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), part of the Cabinet Office.
The majority of our procurement requirements are channelled through pre-existing public sector framework agreements set up by the CCS. Any requirements which are not covered by existing agreements will go through a competitive process with tenders in excess of £25,000.
We enable electronic procurement in line with EU Procurement Guidance. We use the e-procurement portal “Pro Contract”. This can be accessed by potential suppliers to see new procurements and to complete the tender process. Please access the online portal to register your interest.
- Contracts finder – see all advertised contracts and key documents
- Contracts finder archive – see all advertised contracts between February 2011 and February 2015
- Live opportunities – Cafcass online procurement system where new tenders are published.
CAF229-19 Improving Child and Family Arrangements (ICFA) service
Cafcass are required to deliver a range of child contact services and court ordered activities for use in private law family court proceedings in support of children and families experiencing divorce and separation. The Improving Child and Family Arrangements (ICFA) service is to replace current Child Contact Intervention Services (CCI) and contributes to that duty. Cafcass invites suppliers wishing to be considered for lead regional provider status to respond to the Standard Supplier Questionnaire (SSQ) by 26 October 2020 at 4pm.
Further details can be viewed here by interested suppliers.
Even if you do not you wish to be considered as a lead regional provider (Supplier) you can choose to share your contact details with other potential providers to facilitate sub-contracting/partnership discussions. Please let us know via the Pro contract portal if you would like to be included and we will add your details to a list of interested parties. Please send any questions via the pro contract portal, link included above.
Cafcass eProcurement portal
Following on from the most recent EU Procurement Guidance it is necessary for all Public Sector bodies to undertake procurement requirements via an electronic portal.
Cafcass use the eProcurement portal “Pro Contract”. This portal can be accessed by potential suppliers wishing to monitor when new procurements are posted. The system is also used for the complete Tender Process. Please access the online portal to register your interest.
Publication of performance As a public sector body Cafcass must adhere to the Procurement Policy Note 03/16: Publication of Payment Performance Statistics which states […]