Barnardos: Invitation to Tender (Children’s Lives – Now and in the future)


Children’s Lives – Now and in the future

Tender request

Barnardos Introduction

Barnardos is Ireland’s children’s charity, working with over 21,000 children and families across our 41 centres in 2019. Our mission is to transform the lives of vulnerable children affected by adverse childhood experiences. In 2019, we launched a new trauma informed approach that will continue to underpin Barnardos service provision going forward. This includes an understanding that the impact of adverse experiences in childhood can last a lifetime without appropriate supports and services being put if place. In 2021, Barnardos will commence a strategic planning process for the period 2022 – 2027.

Background and Terms of Reference

Barnardos seeks to commission a report on the present social, political and economic context for children in Ireland, with a particular focus on vulnerable children, to support the development of our next strategic plan. The horizon is the next 5 years. The task is desk-based exercise - summarising existing qualitative and quantitative documentation from a variety of Government and academic sources (sources may also include media commentaries, professional journals, good practice sources, institutes, think tanks and other writers in the field) and conclude with some key issues for Barnardos to consider. Barnardos would like this piece of work to be completed by March 2021.


The report should cover the following indicative areas –

  • The “big picture” affecting children, identifying fresh and emergent needs, using strategies that distinguish between early, middle and later years (0-19 years)
  • The broader context domestically and further afield for children in Northern Ireland, Britain (Scotland in particular), continental Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
  • A refreshed assessment of the level of need affecting children, taking note in particular of the impact of the Covid pandemic, the Programme for Government, the gaps and shortcomings in services for children and the policy framework.
  • Discussion of options for a systemically improved design for services for children, outlining what is currently happening in terms of improvements in data collection and also looking at investment, implementation systems, leadership and accountability.
  • Identification of the priorities of relevant Government Departments (Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth; Health; Justice; Education).

The research will draw on the following information sources:

  • Relevant reports and data (e.g. Growing Up in Ireland, Covid impact studies, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection report, Youth Justice Strategy, European studies, HIQA Review of Social Services and other key source documents);
  • Research presented by voluntary organisations and the academic community;


Barnardos will be presented with a report of up to 40-50 pages, up to 25,000 words, including annexes, with the following sections and chapters:

Executive Summary

Terms of Reference and acknowledgements

  1. Context: broad situation affecting children in Ireland now
  2. Policies, services, priorities and funding for children, matched against need and set in an international context
  3. Commentaries, assessment, discussion and analysis
  4. Future options
  5. Ways forward and recommendations


Each chapter should have its own introductory summary, to facilitate readers who wish to look at one issue or chapter at a time. The final report should be delivered electronically (Word and PDF) as well as hard copy. The aim is to ensure that Barnardos receives a support that will received a report with a synthesis of the most up-to-date information, a fresh analysis, proposals for realistic but transformative policies and services to put to Government and the basis for appealing for public support.


The research will be carried out by desk-based research, synthesis, analysis and writing.
The researcher will report to the CEO and will be available to make briefings to her and colleagues as requested. The final support should be submitted by end of March 2021.

Closing date for submission of tender – 29th January 2021

Tenders to be sent

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
14th Jan, 2021
Expiry Date
29th Jan, 2021