Our Services During the Covid -19 Crisis

We have rapidly adapted our services to children and families since the Covid-19 crisis began. We are currently working with 1,720 families who require critical and intensive support, and have 587 waiting for our help.

We are doing everything we can to ensure we can keep supporting children who were already living in very vulnerable circumstances.

Many are experiencing a pressure cooker effect due to Covid 19 measures – children are living with domestic abuse, parental mental health challenges, neglect, acrimonious separation and family breakdown and addiction – now with no escape.

Barnardos priority continues to be the provision of services to children and families during this challenging time.

We are supporting children and their families by:

  • Maintaining contact with our current children and their families and those on our waiting lists - this includes:
    • practical support
    • safety planning
    • parenting support
    • managing behaviour
    • establishing and maintaining routines
    • support in managing crises
    • understanding and managing the emotional impact of the current situation
    • supporting the completion of school work
    • compiling and distributing activity packs
    • We are also exploring other ways of providing 1:1 and group interventions during these restricted times
  • Sourcing and distributing food parcels to families where food poverty has been identified as an issue. Where possible, we are providing hot meals for families.
  • Our Post Adoption Support service operates a helpline for adoptive parents on (01) 454 6388, open 10am - 1pm, every Tuesday & Thursday
  • Our Childhood Bereavement Service provides a helpline for bereaved families on (01) 473 2110 open Monday to Thursday, 10am-12pm


We have also launched our new Barnardos National Parent Support Phone Service which is available to any parent or family who needs support.

Parents can talk directly to one of our qualified staff who will offer them practical support and guidance in their role as parents during the Covid-19 crisis.

To support Barnardos work at this time, please donate what you can afford.