Barnardo’s Northern Ireland
Barnardo’s NI works for children first and last. In over 100 years we have helped improve the lives and opportunities of tens of thousands of children in communities across Northern Ireland. We work wherever children need us most.
Latest publications can be found in the Campaigning for Children section.
A new film has been launched highlighting the issues around child sexual exploitation in NI. Entitled 'False Freedom' it was created by young people who volunteered through our Safe Choices service which supports young people at risk of sexual exploitation. The film and accompanying resource pack are aimed at alerting young people to the dangers around sexual exploitation and generating discussion. It was developed in partnership with the Safeguarding Board NI and is funded by the Public Health Agency as part of the CSE Knowledge Transfer Partnership NI, the PSNI and St James Palace. The film and resource pack are free of charge and can be used in any setting from schools to youth clubs.
Young Carer of the Year NI
Seventeen year old Chantelle Clarke from our Young Carers Service has been awarded Young Carer of the Year at the Heroes of Youth Awards run by the Daily Mirror (NI). Chantelle has been helping care for her mum and brothers and sisters since she was eight years old. She was nominated by her Barnardo's Project Worker Anglea MacDonald. Chantelle was presented with her award by pop star Jordan O'Keefe and radio presenter Colin Murray. Liam Neeson paid a video tribute to all the winners on the night describing them as 'real life heroes'.
The first UK PATHS ® (Promotiong Alternative Thinking Strategies) and Barnardo's Conference was recently held in London. PATHS ® Curriculum is an evidence-based programme aimed at improving the social and emotional learning of primary school children and has been adapted for use in the UK. The key note speaker was Dr Mark Greenberg the original author and developer of the PATHS ® Curriculum from Penn State College, Pennsylvania. Eighty delegates from across the UK and the US attended the event which was hosted by Director Barnardo's NI, Lynda Wilson. Barnardo's NI has been delivering PATHS ® across the UK since 2013 with funding from the Big Lottery Realising Ambition stream. It is currently in 99 schools including London, Swansea, Belfast and Renfrewshire.