Our mission, vision & values

Our vision

Barnardos'  vision is an Ireland where childhood is valued and all children and young people are cherished equally.

Our mission

Barnardos' mission is to challenge and support families, communities, society and government to make Ireland the best place in the world to be a child, focusing specifically on children and young people whose well-being is under threat.

Our core values

At the heart of our work in Barnardos is a set of core values which inform every aspect of our services, policies and practices.

We’re for children

  • We work to improve children’s lives and our approach is driven by children’s needs.
  • We recognise that parents and carers are the most important people in a child’s world.
  • We also understand the importance of family and community in the lives of children and young people.

We always see hope

  • We look for strengths and hope in even the most difficult situations.
  • We actively support every child we work with to reach their full potential.

We believe in children's rights

  • We listen to what children and young people have to say and we help them to have their views heard.
  • We challenge when challenge is necessary to ensure the needs of children are being met at all levels.
  • We advocate at local and national levels to improve outcomes for children.

We value and respect each other

  • We are inclusive, fair and ethical.
  • We are a learning organisation, open to change, to new ideas and better ways of working.
  • We offer support and training to meet the challenges and demands of the work.

We are efficient and transparent in our work

  • We operate to clear standards and required legislation, which we regularly audit.
  • We are transparent and accountable to all our stakeholders.
  • Our work is needs led, evidence informed and outcome focused.

We believe in effective partnership

  • We work collaboratively with a range of partners to deliver the best outcomes for children in Ireland.
  • We promote and support best practice.
  • We are guided by our mission and values in everything we do.

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