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Procurement

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 regulations for procurement. For more information please see our supplier code of conduct.

Transparency of contracts and spend information

Government 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 documents 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 For Cafcass (published 15/02/2024) see all our currently used live contracts currently used.

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 UK Government 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.

As from 1 January 2021, new high-value procurements should be published on the UK government’s ‘Find a Tender’ service, which replaces the previous Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Current thresholds are set out in this Procurement Policy Note.

 

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