Helping children, young people and families in Scotland for more than a century

We support some of the most vulnerable children, young people and their families across Scotland, we work with and alongside them to help them thrive and build a better future.

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Barnardo’s Scotland supports some of the most disadvantaged children, young people, parents carers and communities to ensure that every child has the best possible start in life.

We believe in all children and young people and we aim to support them to reach their full potential – whatever their circumstances.

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Heather's story

At 16, Heather left care and moved into Barnardo's Scotland supported accommodation. Young people leaving care don't have the support of a loving family that most of us take for granted  from getting help in a crisis to borrowing a fiver.

We help care leavers like Heather find accommodation, training and work. We provide practical and emotional support to ensure they have the necessary ​​​​​​skills to thrive.

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It takes time to learn how to live on your own. The best thing was the support from Barnardo's Scotland staff. You knew they cared and were there night and day if you wanted them.


Care leaver

Fostering and adoption in Scotland

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How we are structured 

You can learn more about how we're structured and governed by meeting our Assistant Directors and National Advisory Board.

How we influence policy in Scotland

As well as providing direct support through our services, we aim to influence policy and practice so that vulnerable children, young people and families across Scotland can build a better future.

Below is a list of our briefings, reports, consultation responses and written evidence produced for the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government.

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  • Scotland news

    Read the latest press releases

  • Scotland jobs

    Find a job at Barnardo's Scotland

  • Scotland blog

    Read the latest children related news and views

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