Our Mission, Vision & Values

Our Mission

Barnardos’ mission is to deliver services and work with families, communities, and our partners to transform the lives of vulnerable children who are affected by adverse childhood experiences.

Our Vision

Barnardos’ vision is a country where every child can reach their full potential.


The Barnardos strategy for 2019-2021 will build on our past service developments and strengths which have ensured high quality service provision. It incorporates current research and thinking on the impact of trauma and childhood adversity, both during childhood and across their lifespan. Our commitment to prevention and early intervention and our long term objectives out to 2037 remain unchanged. What is new is the introduction and implementation of a trauma informed approach in our work.

Barnardos aspiration is to become a leader in the field of trauma informed work with vulnerable children and families. This means bringing a holistic mind, body and heart approach to our work and draws on recent progress in the understanding of human development and how the brain works.

This aspiration is underpinned by a promise to help vulnerable children overcome adverse experiences, have happier childhoods and achieve better outcomes for them and their families.

Read our strategy summary here: Strategy 2019-2021

Read our Trauma Informed strategy here: TI Strategy 2019

Our Purpose

  • To provide support for children, young people and families in need;
  • Promote and provide assistance towards the education of children and young people in social or economic disadvantage;
  • To provide services for and promote and advance the welfare of children, young people and their families whose lives have been affected by economic, social or other disadvantage or loss.

Barnardos’ Beliefs

  • needs to be safe, have enough food and somewhere comfortable to call home
  • needs to have someone who looks after them and loves them no matter what
  • should have the opportunity to learn and have fun
  • needs to feel accepted for who they are and to be part of a circle of family, friends and community who will understand them and value their opinions
  • should get help when they need it

Barnardos Values & Code of Conduct

1. We’re for children
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2. We always see hope
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3. We believe in children's rights
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4. We value and respect each other
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5. We are efficient and transparent in our work
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6. We believe in effective partnership

These values are underpinned by a set of principles and expected behaviours for anyone who works in Barnardos.