Barnardos Australia builds relationships between children, young people, their families and the community. We advocate for children and young people and contributes to community knowledge about their issues.

Our vision
All children and young people will have caring families in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential. Families, children and young people will be valued and supported by quality services and engaged communities.

Our mission
Barnardos Australia builds relationships between children, young people, their families and the community. It advocates for children and young people and contributes to community knowledge about their issues.

Our values

  • All children and young people will have caring families, in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential. Families and young people will be valued and supported by quality services and engaged communities.
  • We believe in keeping the child and the young person central. We work for what we believe to be the child or young person’s best interest, in case work management, advocacy and all agency decisions.
  • We believe in strengthening families. We believe in the importance of a child's family having the maximum role possible consistent with child safety, and that children should be in permanent family structures. Intervention in the lives of families should be as un-intrusive as possible.
  • We believe in relating respectfully. We work in partnership. We encourage active participation of families, children and young people and communities. We respect the unique contribution of carers, volunteers, team members and other in Barnardos and in external agencies.
  • We believe in valuing our knowledge. We share knowledge and continue to develop expertise, drawing on our own and others' experience. Barnardos has extensive specialist knowledge of child and adolescent welfare, and we are committed to research and evaluation of what we do and how we do it.
  • We believe in pursuing social justice. We work to empower the disadvantaged and oppose social injustice. We are guided by the principles of fairness in distribution of resources and power. Equal, effective and comprehensive civil, legal and industrial rights are maintained.
  • We believe in being persistent for change. We work creatively to make a real difference. the final test of our success is whether individually or as an agency we have made things better for children and young people. We believe in the potential capacity of all children and young people. Clients, particularly children and young people, need consistency and unconditional care. Once we start a task in case management, advocacy or within Barnardos, we complete it.
  • We believe in investing in the future. We use our resources and knowledge to improve the future of disadvantaged Australian children and young people. We are committed to strengthening the agency, our people and practices to undertake this task.