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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.

For more information about our services and programmes, please take a look at the Barnardo's NI A-Z of Services.

We also have a new booklet called 'Voices' (PDF) which has first hand accounts from a range of children, young people and families, speaking about how Barnardo's NI has supported them and made a positive impact on their lives.

Latest publications can be found in the Campaigning for Children section.

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Latest new

New activity books for children visiting prison

May 2018

prison booklets

New resources for children to help them feel more at ease when they are visitng a relative in prison have been developed by Barnardo's NI Parenting Matters Service. Two activity books and fun-to-follow maps have been developed and are available for families visitng each of the prisons in Northern Ireland. Making a visit to prison can be intimidating and it can be a lengthy process fo the new books and maps for children 8 years and under are to help occupy them. Pictured are Governor of Maghaberry prison David Kennedy and Manager Barnardo's NI Parenting Matters Service Deirdre Sloan.

Launch of Independent Guardian Service

April 2018


Barnardo's NI has launched a new regional service to support children in Northern Ireland who are separated from their families and home countries including those who have been trafficked. Over the last three years an average of 13 separated children have been referred to the Health Trusts each year. Barnardo's NI will support those who are under 18yrs offering specialist knowledge and promoting their welfare. Pictured at the launch are: (l-r) Marian Hall, HSCT Board, Lynda Wilson, Director Barnardo's NI, Lord Morrow, Neil McKittrick Barnardo's, Michele Janes Assistant Director Barnardo's NI and Mark Baillie from CARE. The service has been introduced under the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (NI) Act 2015 and is funded by the Health & Social Care Board.

Leading Change

March 2018

Collective impact

Pictured at a recent North Belfast Schools' Symposium organised by Barnardo’s Collective Impact service are pupils from Edmund Rice College, Mercy College, Belfast Royal Academy and Belfast Boys' Model together with Belfast Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Sonia Copeland and Chris Hackworth from Barnardo’s NI.
One hundred and fifty pupils from ten schools across North Belfast took part in the Schools' Symposium entitled ‘Own Who You Are.’ It was the final of a six month Leading Change Programme aimed at increasing the confidence of young people from North Belfast in their role as young leaders.
The programme was funded by the Executive Office Central Good Relations Fund and coaching throughout the programme was provided by Advance Coaching.

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