Our services

We are dedicated to supporting vulnerable children, young people and their families to recover and thrive. 

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Supporting children and families

Raising children is challenging enough, but when you add the stresses of poverty, homelessness, family violence, mental illness, social isolation and drug and alcohol issues, families can fall apart.

Sadly it is the children who suffer most.

Barnardos endeavor to break the cycle of abuse and neglect by strengthening families who are struggling with lifes significant challenges.


Nurturing skills and confidence


Family Support

We strengthen families to create safe and nurturing home environments where children and young people can grow and thrive

Parenting Support

We give parents the skills and confidence to understand and respond to the needs of their children and cope with the challenges of parenting

Youth Support

We build resilience in young people to deal with life’s challenges. Keeping them engaged and empowered to pursue and achieve their goals

Domestic Family Violence Support

We provide integrated programs and services to ‘wrap around’ families and support them through the trauma caused by domestic and family violence

Early Learning and Education

We provide an extensive range of educational services to help children, young people and their families

Helping children and families to thrive

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Meet Sanita, who's building a new life

It was violence every day. Um, I went through a lot and I have a little one, three-year-old daughter at that time. So that’s why I decided to run away from home.

When he used to hit me and all this, I can’t tell anyone because of my culture, you know they… What they do is they judge me. They think I’m the bad one. So he is nothing, like you know, he doesn’t do, men never do mistake. Always women does mistake. Yes, it was hell. I would say that, it was hell at that time. Now it’s heaven and it’s because of Barnardos.

I went through… like they support me for everything. Everything, I mean like financially, I got somewhere to live, I’m not scared anymore. The main thing was having someone there to tell me like, “You can do it, Sanita.”

When I came into Barnardos I can’t even speak English properly. Many things. You know, they can’t even understand me and I didn’t feel like I was alone, even though I don’t have any family here at that time. I feel like this is my home, you know, and my family lives here. This is a letter my daughter write for Barnardos: ‘To the people who supported me.’ So, we’re grateful and it says ‘Thank you’. She says, ‘Thank you to all the people at Barnardos who looked after me and thank you to those people in the childcare center who looked after me.’

So, if you have a crisis, don’t let the kids suffer.


Accessing your information

At Barnardos, we have a dedicated Aftercare team who provide information services for people who have ever been in the care of Barnardos, and their next of kin. We can also provide you with your historical file information and general counselling. Located at Barnardos Head Office, the team can help you with:

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File material


Birth certificates


Assistance with passports



Referrals to other services

Reunions with former child migrants who arrived in Australia with Barnardos

Support via our active Old Boys and Girls Committee

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