Who are Barnardos Australia?
Barnardos Australia are "a child protection charity working for the welfare of children and young people.” They provide direct services predominantly in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and promote a range of welfare and community programs nationally.
Why do they exist?
They work towards a vision that “all children and young people will have caring families in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential. Families, children and young people will be valued and supported by quality services and engaged communities.”
What do they do?
Barnardos Australia work across the following areas.
- Foster care, adoption from care and kinship care: meeting the needs of children in NSW and the ACT who cannot live with their own parents due to abuse or neglect.
- Family support programs: providing information, support and practical assistance for child rearing, childcare, solving problems, and living with a disability.
- Adolescent services: providing adolescent foster care as well as programs to support at-risk 12-18 year olds.
- National community programs: enabling children and young people to take part in opportunities that focus on education, health, and social and emotional well-being.
- Advocacy: advocating for policies and practices that will assist children, young people and their families.
- Supporting old boys and girls: a service that provides people who have lived in Barnados care with information on their files and general counselling about their past.
- The Centre for Excellence in Open Adoption: providing a framework for research, advocacy and practice development in open adoption.
- Aboriginal out-of-home-care: working in partnership with Aboriginal communities to build strong Aboriginal out-of-home-care agencies that ensure Aboriginal children who are unable to live at home are cared for by their kin or Aboriginal foster carers.
How do they earn their money?
How do they spend their money?
Should I donate to Barnardos Australia?
Barnardos Australia are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They go to great lengths to demonstrate they are trustworthy. They clearly describe how they are governed and are transparent with their finances. They also describe their mission, highlight their strategy, list the programs they are undertaking and describe some of their results. Notably, they take a leadership role in the child welfare space by researching “open adoption”.
However, we would need to see more on how they evaluate their programs and their strategy before being confident Barnardos Australia is an effective charity. While they highlight the results of their programs, they don’t indicate how or if they are evaluating these programs. In addition, while they present the overall direction of their strategy “Strategic Directions (2017-2020)” in their Financial Report, we were unable to find the complete document for review.
After considering both the strengths and weaknesses of Barnardos Australia, our recommendation is neutral. They clearly demonstrate they are trustworthy, but for us to be able to recommend them with confidence we need to see further evidence of their effectiveness. In order to improve our confidence with Barnardos Australia we would like to see:
- evaluations of their programs; and
- further detail on their strategy, including performance measures.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have investigated the finances, operations and results of Barnardos Australia and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and whether there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also examines whether the charity can demonstrate that they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendations for potential donors and the reasoning behind them.
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Find out whether Barnardos Australia is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on the findings of our analysis.