Our See, Hear, Respond programme was a unique partnership led by Barnardo’s to support vulnerable, ‘hidden’ children, who were struggling as a result of COVID-19, but did not qualify for statutory support.

See Hear Respond ran between June 2020 and March 2021 and was funded by the Department for Education. Through the programme, we:

  • Helped more than 100,000 children and their families

  • Allocated funding to a consortium of 87 partners – all of whom were charities and community-based organisations.

  • Provided more than £250,000 worth of crisis funds for families to access basic needs such as food, heating, clothing, white goods, transport and digital access.

  • Supported children and their families with therapeutic support, crisis work, reintegration into education, place-based work, group work and advice & support.

Click below to find out all about the achievements of the programme; from us, our partners, and children, young people and families.

The first phase of See, Hear, Respond England was independently evaluated. Read the reports here.

Where to seek support today

Barnardo’s Covid-19 Support Hub and Barnardo’s Family Space remain open and free to access.

To speak to someone, ask your local authority for their Early Help service. You can find your local authority here. Then, search for Early Help or Family Support.

See Hear Respond - Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

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See, Hear, Respond Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales is a Barnardo’s Service funded by the National Emergencies Trust. Designed to quickly respond to children, young people and families anywhere in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales who might need additional support to cope with the impact of coronavirus.

They can help you with with everything from money worries, to coping with stress and isolation, school anxiety, isolation, those with health vulnerabilities or disabilities, relationships with parents or family, keeping safe and well during COVID and much more.

Find out more

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