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Title: Counselling Services in East Lothian Schools
Published by: East Lothian Council
Publication Date: 22/05/2020
Deadline Date: 22/06/2020
Deadline Time: 12:00
Notice Type: Contract Notice
Has Documents: No
Has ESPD: No

East Lothian Council is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced service provider to deliver counselling services in East Lothian schools for children and young people aged 10 to 18 years.

Social and other specific services – public contracts

Contract notice

Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1) Name and addresses

East Lothian Council

John Muir House, East Lothian


EH41 3HA


Telephone: +44 1620827827



Internet address(es)

Main address:

Address of the buyer profile:

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:

I.4) Type of the contracting authority

Regional or local authority

I.5) Main activity

General public services

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Counselling Services in East Lothian Schools

Reference number: ELC-20-2262

II.1.2) Main CPV code



II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description

East Lothian Council is seeking to appoint a provider to deliver counselling services for children and young people in East Lothian Primary and Secondary Schools. The counselling service will be delivered predominantly in East Lothian schools, but also where appropriate, in other suitable community settings, to support children and young people aged 10 to 18 years.

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:


Main site or place of performance:

East Lothian

II.2.4) Description of the procurement

East Lothian Council is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced service provider to deliver counselling services in East Lothian schools for children and young people aged 10 to 18 years.

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

Duration in months: 36

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

Economic operators may be excluded from this competition if they are in any of the situations referred to in regulation 58 of the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1) Conditions for participation

III.1.4) Objective rules and criteria for participation

Tenderers must meet criteria with regard to relevant experience, qualifications, insurance levels, financial standing and quality systems.

III.2) Conditions related to the contract

III.2.2) Contract performance conditions

All counselling team staff must be appropriately trained, qualified and accredited/registered by their professional/therapeutic body. For example, counselling staff delivering services will be accredited with COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) or BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

The service provider will conform to agreed professional standards, such as those provided by COSCA or BACP, and current best practice for school-based counselling, specifically in respect of counsellors' qualifications, staff supervision policy, child protection policies, and continuous professional development and learning.

The successful bidder will require to enter into an information sharing agreement with East Lothian Council.

Staff performing the services will require to have the relevant disclosure checks with the PVG scheme.

III.2.3) Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.10) Identification of the national rules applicable to the procedure:

Information about national procedures is available at: (URL)

IV.1.11) Main features of the award procedure:

The award procedure will include the evaluation of quality criteria including method statements for the delivery of the service and assessments of business continuity and data protection capability.

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure

Notice number in the OJ S:

2020/S 078-185486

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

Date: 22/06/2020

Local time: 12:00

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


Section VI: Complementary information

VI.2) Information about electronic workflows

Electronic invoicing will be accepted

Electronic payment will be used

VI.3) Additional information

The buyer is using PCS-Tender to conduct this ITT exercise. The Project code is 35374. For more information see:

Community benefits are included in this requirement. For more information see:

A summary of the expected community benefits has been provided as follows:

As part of the Council's wider duties towards its citizens, the Council wishes to engage with suppliers, providers and contractors to deliver benefits, through work experience opportunities, training opportunities or links with schools.

(SC Ref:620278)

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

Edinburgh Sherriff Court

Sherriff Court House




VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice


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Commodity Categories

Commodity Categories
IDTitleParent Category
85312320Counselling servicesSocial work services without accommodation
85312300Guidance and counselling servicesSocial work services without accommodation

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Delivery Locations
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