Protecting our children

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Barnardos Australia is one of the leading child protection charities in Australia.

For more than 130 years Barnardos Australia has been at the forefront of child protection, finding real, permanent solutions for Australian children in desperate need. We believe all children deserve to be loved and nurtured.

The history of Barnardos Australia began with the first migration of children from the UK in 1921.

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.

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