Our impact

Barnardos Australia has made a difference to the lives of so many Australian children who would otherwise have fallen through the cracks.

Our commitment to children

At Barnardos, our aspiration is for every vulnerable child to recover, thrive and reach their full potential. Therefore our work focuses on reducing child abuse and neglect, strengthening child and parental mental wellbeing, improving family learning, as well as increasing the sense of belonging for children. 

We put children and young people at the centre of everything we do. 

Every child.
Every opportunity.
Every time.  


Issues facing children in Australia


Children are unable to live with their parents due to abuse and neglect.


Daily reports of child abuse and neglect.

1 in 6

Girls are physically or sexually assaulted before their 15th birthday
and 1 in 9 boys.


Child dies every two weeks from abuse and neglect.


Or 1 in 6 children live in poverty.


Women experience domestic violence with children witnessing the violence.


Children aged 0 - 14 receive specialist homelessness services in a year.

1 in 5

Children starting school are developmentally vulnerable in language and cognitive skills.

3 x more

Children whose parents use drugs are 3 times more likely to be physically, sexually and emotionally abused, and 4 times more likely to be neglected.

Real impact, real lives

Every year we help thousands of vulnerable children, young people and their families
change their lives to achieve a brighter future. How do we do this?

Engage – we listen to act with intent

Empower – we share wisdom, strengthen skills and collaborate to create positive change

Excel – we operate in ethical, sustainable and transparent ways to achieve effective outcomes and social impact

Evolve – we are brave and adapt to change



Children young people and families were supported by Barnardos last year


Children (aged 0-17) were assisted through our Children's Family Centres


Children lived safely in foster and kinship care


Children found homes through open adoption*

*Represents 32% of national adoptions from foster care


Find out more about the impact we have made

Annual Reviews

Financial reports

Reconciliation action plan (RAP)