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Cafcass goes out to market for IT services

David Bicknell Published 08 May 2017

Organisation that looks after interests of children in legal proceedings has had a long term contract with Fujitsu that ends in June 2018

 

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Services (Cafcass) is going out to market for the renewal or replacement of its IT services and is open to bids from suppliers to provide core services.

Cafcass, which is a non-departmental public body that looks after the interests of children involved in family legal proceedings, plans to hold a supplier event on May 18 or May 19 at the Kia Oval in South London where it is expected to IT services needs.

Fujitsu has been Cafcass’ long-term supplier since 2008 under a £25m deal, but its contract is understood to end in June 2018, prompting Cafcass to go out and test the marketplace for alternative solutions.

According to a Contracts Finder document , Cafcass is in the process of renewing or replacing some of its IT services over the next 12-18 months and is keen to engage with suppliers at an early stage, probably using the government's Technology Services 2 framework. However, the organisation hinted that it might be open to other procurement solutions, which might include G-Cloud as a means to open up an opportunity for small and medium sized companies to play a role.

Cafcass said, “We are ideally looking for a sole supplier to provide core IT services, since we have already disaggregated a number of key services from the core contract. Core IT services include service desk and support, desktop services, network connectivity, cloud application management, service management, IMACs, training etc.

“We are anticipating using the CCS framework Technology Services 2, but may adopt another procurement route providing it is compliant with public procurement regulations.”








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