Barnardo's Scotland supports children, young people and their families in our specialised community-based services across the country. We believe in children and we believe every child and young person has a right to thrive.
Our policy calls reflect our priority influencing areas set within our overarching strategic aims of Stronger Families, Safer Childhoods and Positive Futures.
Our aim is to support children and families across the country. If you would like to help us, show your support through donating to help fund our work.
Director, Barnardo's Scotland
Helping children, young people and families in Scotland for more than a century.
We support children, young people and their families across Scotland. We work with, and alongside them to help them thrive and build a better future.
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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Donate goods such as old clothes, toys and books to Barnardo's Scotland shops and we'll find them a new home. You can drop off donations at your local store or arrange a collection. Find your local Barnardo's store.
You can make a positive difference to children and young people by volunteering with us, including at your local Barnardo's Scotland shop. Find out more about volunteering with Barnardo's.
Fostering and adoption
Find out more about fostering and adopting with Barnardo's.
If you want to play an important part in helping transform a child’s life, and to see positive changes in your own, through becoming a foster carer, please complete our fostering enquiry form.
If you’re interested in adopting with us, fill in our adoption enquiry form.
Alternatively, if you want to speak to us about fostering or adoption you can call us on 0800 0277 280. Our phone lines are open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
How we influence policy in Scotland
As well as providing direct support through our services, we aim to influence policy and practice so that children, young people and families across Scotland can build a better future. As part of this work we produce briefings, reports, consultation responses and written evidence for the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government.
Fair work principles
Barnardo’s supports the Fair Work Framework and strives to maintain Fair Work practices, as promoted by the Scottish Government.
Our Fair Work practices include the involvement of staff in decision making through consultation in a number of ways. Here, Karen Rickards, Unison Branch Secretary for Barnardo’s, sets out the ways in which we work with staff, including with Unison as a recognised Trade Union.