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Family Support

At Barnardo's we understand that parenting is one of the most important jobs there is but it is also one of the hardest. For years our professionals have worked tirelessly to support families to feel equipped to handle lifes challenges and empower them to provide a home environment that is safe and loving. Our commissioners support us in our work to make families stronger and ultimately improve a young person's chances at a better life.

Family Support

At Barnardo's we understand that parenting is one of the most important jobs there is but it is also one of the hardest. For years our professionals have worked tirelessly to support families to feel equipped to handle lifes challenges and empower them to provide a home environment that is safe and loving. Our commissioners support us in our work to make families stronger and ultimately improve a young person's chances at a better life.

Case Study - Daniel's parent is in prison

Daniel is one of the 1,700 children we worked with in 2014/2015 who have a parent in prision. Children affected by parental imprisonment (CAPI) are often subject to unstable care arrangements, and are more likely than their peers to become young offenders. Our aim is that all children affected by parental imprisonment are heard, recognised and supported so that they have a fair chance to achieve positive outcomes in their lives. Working with commissioners allows us to work towards achieving this goal and to continue to support young people and their families through a difficult time by giving young people a space to think and talk .

It’s made a big difference in class really. I was struggling with things and as I’ve been talking to [the project worker] it’s made me feel I can do anything I want to do. I’ve got better at my lessons because she said I am good at things and I can do it.

     Daniel, Service user at the Community Support for Offenders' Families

Case Study - Helping a child through bereavement

Susan's father died 3 years ago in a road traffic accident when she was just six years old. Susan was not sleeping and was suffering from anxiety that her mother, Sarah would die as well. Sarah also suffered from severe anxiety and trauma following Susan's father's death so was keen to access some support for her parenting during such a difficult time. We worked closely with Sarah to help her aid Susan and her sister with their grief and how to involve them in the funeral process.

Over two years in blocks of 12 week interventions, Susan came to our service for play therapy, individual support and Christmas events. This resulted in her being able to sleep in her own bed, eat well and her levels of anxienty lessened.

Our child bereavement services believe that children are resilient and that with the right support, information, and care they can cope irrespective of context and complexity.

Case Study- Ensuring Young Carers have a childhood

Rebecca has been using the Barnardo's Cymru Flintshire young carers service for six years. She would help her mother care for her disabled father and her younger sister. Because of this she would often miss out on seeing friends and enjoying things that other young people her age were able to. The Flintshire young carers service would support Rebecca by taking her to activities and events, giving her the chance to take the time to enjoy her childhood alongside caring for her father and sister.

You don't really realise you're missing out on anything because it's just what you're used to. But I started to realise I was different a few years before my Dad passed away when my friends were developing their social lives... That's one of the great things about the project, we get to go to all these different places and do so many different activities which I've never done before... My confidence has shot through the roof.

Relevant Family Support Links:

Developing pathways into children and family services (PDF - 996Kb)

This briefing document supports links and partnership working between professionals in the criminal justice system and professionals in children and family services.

Locked Out (PDF - 3.16Mb)

This report details the experiences of young people that have visited a parents in prison.

Evaluation of the Community Support for Offenders' Families service

This report sets out the findings from an evaluation of the Community Support for Offenders Families (CSOF) service.

Indigo Service video

Watch this video to learn about our Indigo service for young carers based in Redbridge.

Child Bereavement - Belfast Service

Learn more about our child bereavement service in Belfast that has been providing young people with guidance and support since 1998.

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