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Invitation to Tender: Making Rights Real for those with Disabilities in Detention

30th November 2018

In Ireland, there is a deficit of research on the prevalence and experience of disability in the criminal justice system, yet international research suggests that people with/experiencing disabilities are over-represented in detention settings. IPRT has secured funding from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission to pursue a research project exploring the issue. 

This project aims, in the short term, to create a sound evidence base and raise awareness of intersectional discrimination and human rights breaches against people with/experiencing disabilities in detention. In the medium term, we wish to build capacity among civil society organisations and state bodies to recognise and address these challenges. Our ultimate aim is to make rights real; eliminate discrimination against this population, and ensure individuals with severe disabilities receive appropriate care in alternative rehabilitative settings where appropriate.

The research should include the following:

  • Description of the rights, needs and experiences of those with/experiencing disabilities (including intellectual disability) in the prison system;
  • A literature review that provides an up to date analysis of current issues for people with/experiencing disabilities in the penal system;
  • An examination of international approaches to making rights real for those with/experiencing disabilities in detention including reduction of the use of detention in these cases;
  • Proposals for evidence-informed policy recommendations, in line with international best practices, including analysis of how the Public Sector Duty might be effectively implemented in the area of disability in detention.

The successful tender will include the following outputs:

  • A detailed report on disability in prison (c.15-20k words)
  • A short chapter on disability for IPRT’s updated Know Your Rights as a Prisoner booklet, ahead of relaunch in 2019 (c.800 words)
  • A training brief on disability in detention to be shared with the Irish Prison Service Training College to build capacity and understanding of disability issues among new recruit prison officers (c.2000 words)


  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of disability and criminal justice policy;
  • Solid grounding in international and European human rights standards as they relate to disability;
  • Experience in producing high quality documents to agreed deadlines, within strict word-counts to publication standard;
  • First-rate drafting abilities, exceptional writing skills, attention to detail and ability to adhere to budgetary requirements.

Tenders, along with consent to process your tender in line with the Privacy Statement and the below Privacy Notice should be submitted by e-mail to tenders@iprt.ie by noon on 30 November at the latest.

Queries should be directed to Michelle Martyn, IPRT Senior Research and Policy Projects Manager at mmartyn@iprt.ie 

For more information, download the invitation to tender here.

Download the Privacy Notice Relating to the Submission of Tenders here.

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