Barnardo’s is one of the UK’s leading children’s charities. Our overarching commitment remains to change the lives of vulnerable children and young people within our broader work with families and communities, giving them hope and helping them to realise their full potential. Our pledge is that we believe in children and young people and our vision is that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination. We believe in the abused, the vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child. Our purpose is to help the most vulnerable children and young people transform their lives and fulfil their potential.
We do this directly through our services, and through influencing the system around them. We support children, young people and families without judgement whilst standing up for them and lobbying Governments, commissioners and policy makers to put their needs first. We work tirelessly to support children and young people in:
~ thriving in stronger families through services; utilising an early intervention approach, based on the whole family and accounting for their emotional health and well-being
~ providing safer childhoods; through targeted and tailored support to prevent abuse and child sexual exploitation and supporting looked after children, keeping them safe from harm
- building positive futures; with a focus on care leavers, supporting them with managing what can be a difficult transition to adulthood
Barnardo’s offers a range of services nationally and works directly with over 295,000 children, young people and their families every year. We deliver over 1,000 services in local communities across the UK; our strength is in the diversity of the services we provide, each of which is locally based and addresses local need, focusing on:
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Team Around the Family
Support for children and partners affected by parental imprisonment
Family work with offenders in prisons
Substance Misuse Services
Child Sexual Exploitation
Supervised Contact Services
Employment, Training & Skills
All of our services address child and family disadvantage, striving to demonstrate greater effectiveness and providing the very best value for money, both to commissioners and to our supporters. This means we are uniquely placed to transfer best practice across elements of delivery, and apply innovation from different areas of our work to new settings, alongside promoting our robust research practices for engagement and influencing policy at government level.