Barnardos Australia is a leading non-government, non-denominational child protection charity in Australia.

Barnardos believes all children and young people deserve caring families in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential. We work together with children, young people and families to break the cycle of disadvantage, creating safe, nurturing and stable homes, connected to family and community.

Our intensive family support programs combat family and domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health, poverty and homelessness, to strengthen families and keep children safe at home. When this is not possible, we also provide safe homes for children through foster care and kinship care to give children a safe place to grow up and reach their potential. Since 1985, we have pioneered open adoption for non-Aboriginal children in NSW, giving children the permanency and security they need, for life. 

Barnardos Australia takes its values and direction from the work of its founder, Dr Thomas Barnardo, who was an Irish philanthropist and founder and director of homes for poor children in London. From the foundation of the first Barnardo's home in 1870 to the date of Barnardo’s death, nearly 100,000 children had been rescued, trained and given a better life..

The work of Barnardos Australia deals particularly with the prevention of abuse and entry into care. Barnardos operates children’s family centres, permanency programs for out-of-home care, adolescent services and advocacy work.

The Barnardos family of agencies in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia have adapted to local conditions. Incorporated in Australia in 1995, Barnardos Australia still maintains its links to the Barnardos international family.

A snap shot of Australia's leading child protection charity in 2015/16.