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About Barnardo’s Scotland

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Barnardo’s Scotland has been working in Scotland for more than a century. Our purpose is to reach out to the most disadvantaged children, young people, parents, carers and communities to help ensure that every child has the best possible start in life. We aim to make sure that every young person is able to reach their full potential, whatever their circumstances in life.

Today we run more 140 community-based services across Scotland including:

  • leaving care services which help young people to bridge the gap between being in care and living in the adult world
  • parental support services to provide assistance in the crucial early years of a child's life
  • services which work to support children and young people who have been or are at risk of being sexually exploited
  • support services for families affected by the imprisonment of a parent.

Our vision is to realise Thomas Barnardo’s dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need. 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. As one of the leading children's charities this is our pledge.

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