Who are Barnardos Australia?
Barnardos Australia are "a child protection organisation working and advocating for the welfare of children and young people in Australia.” They provide direct services predominantly in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory and promote a range of welfare and community programs nationally.
They are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 18068557906.
Why do they exist?
They work towards a vision “that all children and young people will have caring families where they can grow safely and fulfil their potential, as we believe all children deserve a safe and stable home.”
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?
We believe that it is likely that your donation to Barnardos Australia will be used as stated, that is, to work and advocate for the welfare of children and young people in Australia.
We believe that Barnardos Australia is likely to be trustworthy. It is clear how donations are used and who the charity is run by. Barnardos Australia gives a comprehensive overview of their financial position. It’s clear who is accountable for Barnardos Australia. They describe leadership roles and how they monitor performance.
Barnardos Australia are also likely to be effective. They describe their strategic objectives, report the activities and results delivered in the last financial year and indicate that they evaluate their services.
However, in order for us to have complete confidence they are using money for its intended purpose, we recommend they:
disclose related party transactions
report results in a way that demonstrates progress against their strategic plan
describe their approach to evaluating the effectiveness of their services.
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.
 Barnardos Australia Annual Financial Report 30 June 2018