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Notice Summary

United Kingdom-Witham: Sexual Violence and Abuse Support Services
Document Ref:
Document Type:
Contract Notice - Open Procedure
Published By:
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex
Date Published:
13 September 2019
Deadline Date:
04 November 2019
Document Source:
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Notice Abstract

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), community based support and talking therapies for victims of sexual violence and abuse.

Notice Details

Contract notice

Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting Change entity

I.1) Name and addresses

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex

Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall

Witham, Essex



Contact person: Claire Ward

Telephone: +44 1474366650



Internet address(es)

Main address:

I.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge at:

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent electronically to:

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to the abovementioned address

I.4) Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity

Public order and safety

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Provision of Sexual Violence and Abuse Support Services in Essex

Reference number: 2019/077

II.1.2) Main CPV code



II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), community based support and talking therapies for victims of sexual violence and abuse.

II.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 5 762 500.00 GBP

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)



II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:


II.2.4) Description of the procurement

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex (PFCC) has a statutory duty to commission support services for victims of crime, and is responsible for local compliance arrangements to ensure victims receive their entitlements as set out in the code of practice for victims of crime, and EU Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.

Supporting victims of crime is a priority area and is highlighted through the police and crime plan, within which the PFCC has committed to place victims at the heart of the criminal justice process. Specifically for sexual abuse victims within priority 4, the PFCC commits to reverse the trend in serious violence by ‘ensuring victims of rape and sexual violence receive the help and support they need, and work with criminal justice partners to ensure that perpetrators are convicted.’ The PFCC is also committed to protecting children and vulnerable people from harm, including those at risk of or experiencing any form of sexual abuse or violence.

The PFCC values a collaborative approach to commissioning. Support for victims represents a complex mix of existing support structures, as well as commissioned interventions and services, funded and delivered by a range of agencies. The PFCC seeks integrated solutions to victims’ needs that place the victim at the heart of the system and deliver economies for providers and commissioners. The PFCC is committed to working with local and national partners to ensure support and recovery systems are mapped and understood to prevent duplication or confusion, and to deliver timely and appropriate support.

The PFCC welcomes the collaborative approach to working with NHS England in order to ensure victims of sexual assault receive the appropriate support to meet their needs following a sexually based crime.

In commissioning this service the PFCC aims to ensure specialist support for all victims and survivors of any form of sexual abuse, whether that occurred recently or in the past, are able to access appropriate support in a timely way that recognises and responds to their needs, enabling and empowering them to cope and, as far as possible, recover from their experience.

The Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) and NHS England (NHSE) are seeking a partner or consortia of agencies to deliver specialist services to provide:

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), community based support and talking therapies for victims of sexual violence and abuse. ISVAs typically provide emotional and practical support to victims before, during and after court to ensure they are informed and able to take part in criminal justice proceedings. Community based support typically involves the provision of longer term specialist support as well as short term intervention in order to support victims to cope and recover from the impact of the crime. Talking therapies provide immediate and short-term trauma focused psychological intervention to those who have disclosed within the last 12 months.

Talking therapies service is in a pilot phase. As a result, this will be reviewed on an annual basis. We would expect bidders to deliver this service and demonstrate how it can form part of an integrated model.

The contract(s) is offered at 1 000 000 GBP — 1 100 000 GBP per annum. This value is fixed with no provision for inflationary or other increases within the term of the contract.

Talking therapies is offered at 87 500 GBP per annum. Funding is being committed for 2020/21 and decisions for the continuation provision of this service will be kept under review and communicated with successful bidder.

The contract is for a period of 3 years with the option to extend pending funding availability, performance and quality service delivery for a further 2 years but on a yearly extension basis.

II.2.5) Award criteria

Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Start: 01/04/2020

End: 31/03/2025

This contract is subject to renewal: Yes

Description of renewals:

The contract is for 3 years with the option to extend for 2 years in annual extensions.

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

II.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: No

II.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

II.2.14) Additional information

TUPE will apply to this contract. Tenderers are requested to make their own enquiries about TUPE and factor this into their service requirements. The information that the authority has received has been made available to Tenderers (see attachments in BravoSolution) however the authority does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1) Conditions for participation

III.1.2) Economic and financial standing

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.1.3) Technical and professional ability

Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents

III.2) Conditions related to the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 04/11/2019

Local time: 12:00

IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 04/11/2019

Local time: 12:01

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: Yes

VI.2) Information about electronic workflows

Electronic ordering will be used

Electronic invoicing will be accepted

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3) Additional information

A supplier day will be held on 1.10.2019. Please see the procurement documentation for details on how to indicate attendance.

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

The High Court of Justice

Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand




VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained

The High Court of Justice

Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand




VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice


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