Developing best practice working with children and families

Barnardos’ Learning and Development Services can work with your organisation on a consultancy basis to facilitate the design and development of quality services, focused on meeting the needs of your service users. In doing so, we can support your organisation to address a defined need, challenge or development opportunity.

What does consultancy entail?

Each consultancy project is unique, as it is tailored to meet your organisation’s requirements. However, previous consultancy work carried out by Barnardos’ Learning and Development Service includes:

  • Supporting organisations to ensure that their work is focused on meeting the needs of their service users and achieving their identified outcomes
  • Facilitation of groups, including interagency groups, to identify needs, strengthen practice or build consensus among individuals or organisations
  • Design of tools and procedures to develop high quality reflective practice and assess progress
  • Research of best practice, evidence and legislation to guide and support organisations in their work
  • Tailored training development packages focused on building skills within organisations
  • Evaluation and research to assess programmes or interventions
  • Design and implementation of frameworks for reflecting on and developing quality practice
  • Proposal writing
  • Design and implementation of frameworks for reflecting on and developing quality practice

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How long will a consultancy project take?

The length of a consultancy project will vary in both length and intensity depending on your needs.

At the beginning of our work with you, Barnardos will carry out an assessment, in consultation with your organisation, of the time, key objectives and costs involved in meeting your needs.

To date, our consultancy projects have varied from four sessions to multi-layered interventions combining a variety of elements, such as consensus building, development of tools, training and learning communities or technical supervision which took place over 18 months.

Our clients

Some of our consultancy clients to date include:

  • Association of Guardianship Providers Ireland (AGPI), Dublin
  • Health and Social Development Foundation, Bulgaria
  • Limerick Children’s Services Committee, Limerick
  • Limerick SEC Consortium, Limerick
  • South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland

Get Started

To discuss your organisation’s consultancy requirements please email