Charity information


We run over 960 services in local communities. Our work includes reaching and helping children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope. We find loving adoptive homes and foster placements for children in care. Last year we helped transform the lives of more than 240,000 of the UK’s children, young people, parents and carers. We helped many more by campaigning to change policy and public opinion.

Founded 1867

  • Mission statement

    Barnardo’s believes in children regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour. Our purpose as a charity today is to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children

    We believe in the abused, the most vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child.

    We do this because we believe that every child deserves the best start in life and the chance to fulfil their potential.

    We use the knowledge gained from our direct work with children to campaign for better childcare policy and to champion the rights of every child.

    With the right help, committed support and a little belief, even the most vulnerable children can turn their lives around. Barnardo’s is regulated by the Charity Commission. Being a registered charity means that we must always be accountable and transparent

  • Aims

    Barnardo's aims to:

    • Stronger Families. We want families to be places where children and young people thrive.
    • Safer Childhoods. We want children and young people to be and feel secure and safe from harm.
    • Positive Futures (for Young People). We want young people to have the best possible chance to achieve their potential in life.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1867

    Registered Charity Number: 216250

    Board members: 15

    Full time staff: 3853

    Part time staff: 4424

    Volunteers: 16000

    Phone number: 0208 4987892

    Address: Barnardo's, Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex IG6 1QG

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