Barnardos shapes brighter futures together with children and families in Aotearoa.


Barnardos work with children and families to build nurturing relationships and resilient homes and communities, so that children reach their full potential.

They're there for the whole childhood journey, and beyond.

For 60 years, Barnardos have been part of communities throughout the motu. Today, their mahi across social services, early learning services, and advocacy for children’s rights and wellbeing contributes to Barnardos’ vision of ‘an Aotearoa where every child shines bright’.

All children come comes into this world with their light shining bright. They have the right to grow up safe, loved, and with hope for the future, but the reality is that too many children and young people in Aotearoa are impacted by long standing social and family problems that affect their everyday lives.

Barnardos know change is possible.

They advocate to drive change at the systems-level, so that national laws, policies, practices, and institutions meet the needs of all children and tamariki, and respect, protect and uphold their rights.

They offer early learning services to all under-fives, to create strong foundations for children’s educational and life outcomes.

They also provide social support services to children and whānau in the community who are facing really tough times – including those who have experienced family violence, addiction, neglect and abuse, and those struggling with mental health issues.

Their social services are a continuum; preventing problems before they get too overwhelming, offering intensive help in the whānau home to help tamariki thrive while also providing care for tamariki when it is really not possible to do so at home.

Every day Barnardos are making a positive, long-lasting difference to children's lives. Because when tamariki shine bright, Aotearoa shines bright.


You can call 0800 BARNARDOS (227 627) or fill out their enquiry form(external link) online.

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