At Barnardo’s, we work directly with 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers every year and run over 1000 vital services across the UK.

We understand the difficulties organisations are facing in times of continuous change and where services are coping with increased demands and competing priorities.  

Consultancy needs in the context of Covid-19

As Barnardo’s we understand that the need for training support for staff is perhaps higher than ever before but solutions need to be different. We are able to offer a range of online solutions to you so you can continue to support the learning and development needs of your workforce as well as staff care and support. Our Training arm of the business can provide a range of solutions online including facilitated groups, hosted classrooms, webinars and e-learning solutions.   

We also understand that organisations are facing new challenges in respect of safeguarding children; the nature of risks emerging may be changing, vulnerabilities are increasing, your staff providing services have added pressures and increased support needs whilst managers are facing the challenge of constant change. Managing safeguarding risks in this context is as important as ever before. Barnardo’s are able to offer independent advice and consultancy support at this difficult time.    

Barnardo’s Consultancy

Barnardo’s undertake specialist safeguarding consultancy work; our ring fenced team of Consultants are readily available to undertake this work, and are able to draw on specialist expertise and capacity from across our children’s services.  We have substantial experience of undertaking safeguarding consultancy in a range of settings. We pride ourselves on wanting to really understand the particular requirements of each commissioner and believe the best results will be obtained through working in partnership to understand the context and challenges faced and to find solutions that will make a real difference.  We have a good appreciation of the current challenges faced by organisations in the context of Covid-19 in supporting vulnerable groups. As new safeguarding challenges emerge we are ready to offer our independent support.

Collaborating to successfully deliver consultancy support through Covid-19

We are successfully completing work remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic, including completing desk top reviews, and holding focus groups and interviews on line.

Our consultancy work includes :

  • Independent reviews of practice
  • Safeguarding audits
  • Safeguarding strategic reviews
  • Case reviews
  • Policy development and review
  • Independent evaluations
  • Independent management investigations

Evidence of our effective consultancy work with some of our customers

Barnardo’s consultancy has been commissioned by a number of national and UK based bodies to audit, review and improve their safeguarding arrangements regarding children and young people. Our consultancy work has proven success in national government, local authorities, LSCB’s, sports sector, public and independent schools, charities, early years and youth organisations.   

Barnardo’s commitment to work in partnership

Barnardo’s team are committed to ensuring we have a good understanding of your identified needs before developing a project plan and mobilising quickly to commence work. We would hold an initial discussion regarding your requirements at the outset.

Barnardo’s approach

Barnardo’s use a project management approach, setting clear timelines and agreeing a process with identifiable stages, each with a particular areas of focus.  Barnardo’s Consultants report to and are supported by our Head of Business.

Please Contact us 

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Julie Dugdale, Head of Business, Barnardo’s Training & Consultancy