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Our basis and values

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At Barnardo’s, we believe in children regardless of their:

  • circumstances
  • gender
  • sexual orientation
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • disability
  • age
  • or behaviour.

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.

Our vision is to realise Thomas Barnardo’s dream of a world where no child is turned away from the help that they need


Barnardo’s derives its inspiration and values from the Christian faith. These values, enriched and shared by many people of other faiths and of no religious faith, provide the basis of our work with children and young people, their families and communities We work in a multi-cultural society and are proud of our roots.

We value the contributions of everyone who works or volunteers for Barnardo’s – whether directly with children, young people and their families, or in areas such as:

  • fundraising
  • retail
  • administration
  • and support services.


  • Respecting the unique worth of every person

We believe that every person is different but equal, and that everyone’s unique talent should be recognised and encouraged.

  • Encouraging people to fulfil their potential

We all need encouragement at some time in life. Barnardo’s aims to create opportunities for people to make the most of their abilities.

  • Working with hope

Our hope for a better future for all children is the source of much of our inspiration.

  • Exercising responsible stewardship

The commitment of our staff and volunteers to making the best use of all our resources enables us to help children, young people and their families across the UK.

Together, our Basis and Values help us to give every child the chance to fulfil their potential.

Our Basis and Values in action

While Barnardo’s work is diverse, our local services share the aim of helping the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

We work with a large number of children from specific groups, including those in care and children on the child protection register. We also help disabled children, those who care for a family member who is ill and young people who have been sexually exploited.

Whatever the issue, we believe that with the right help, committed support and a little belief, even the most vulnerable children can transform their lives and fulfil their potential.

The active involvement of children and their families in developing our services is vital. Their input helps us deliver the services which best meet their needs.