Barnardos Australia

A non-government organisation providing youth work, parenting, engagement, homework and other services across Sydney, the Hunter, Queanbeyan and the Illawarra.

Who we are

Barnardos Australia believes all children and young people deserve caring families in which they can grow safely and fulfil their potential. We work together with children, young people and families to break the cycle of disadvantage, creating safe, nurturing and stable homes, connected to family and community.

What we do

Our Family Support programs provide information, support and practical assistance with child rearing, childcare, solving problems and living with a disability. All of our programs are aimed at improving the quality of life for children and their families. We have a long history of ensuring that children and families get the wrap-around supports they need. This includes integrated safety and prevention support programs as well as practical services which enhance the protective factors within families and support the immediate and longer-term needs of children, young people and families. Please note not all programs and services  are available at every centre. Contact your local Barnardos for more information.

Where we operate

Sydney: City, Inner South, Eastern Suburbs, Inner South West, Inner West, North Sydney, Hornsby, North Beaches, Outer South West, Outer West, Blue Mountains, Parramatta, Ryde, South West, Sutherland, Baulkham Hills, Hawkesbury, Blacktown,

Capital region: Queanbeyan, Snowy Mountains, South Coast, Goulburn, Mulwaree.

Central West: Bathurst, Lachlan Valley, Lithgow, Mudgee, Orange

Illawarra: Dapto, Port Kembla, Kiama, Shellharbour, Wollongong

Central Coast: Gosford, Wyong

Who we can help

Primary students, secondary students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Youth Work Services

We provide a range of youth work services including:

  • Drum Beat: rhythm and control
  • Love Bites: healthy relationships
  • Employment workshops
  • Drug and alcohol education workshops
  • Safe sex education
  • RAGE: anger management
  • Rent it Keep It: financial planning

These programs are co-ordinated through the Schools Project Committee where Barnardos is the lead agency. This committee is a collaborative partnership between multiple agencies and schools within the Local Government Area. Its purpose is to identify, respond to youth issues raised by the community and by young people. We can provide case management for 12 to 25 people.

  • Stop, Think, Say No to Domestic Violence, Transition to High School
    A six-week program for up to ten Year 6 students who may have self-esteem, behavioural issues or anxiety.
  • Art Therapy
    Program for adolescent young women who have been affected by sexual assault.

Costs: $1,000 to $2,000, per session.

Parenting Programs

Support to families through a broad mix of early intervention programs such as early childhood education, supported play groups, home and centre-based family support, specialist therapeutic and culturally specific programs such as intensive family support and domestic violence counselling.

Parenting programs can be run at Family Centres or onsite at schools. Programs are based on six to ten weeks attendance and run each term. We have accredited facilitators for programs that can assist parents or carers to support the continued education and development of their children. These include:

  • Circle of Security: creating secure parent-child relationships
  • Bringing Up Great Kids
  • Healthy Relationships: focused on domestic violence issues
  • Keeping Children safe: targeting parents with children at risk of harm
  • Helping Your Child with School: for parents of children in K-2
  • Helping your Child with Early Learning
  • Book of Me: therapeutic group work
  • Triple P
  • 123 Magic
  • Who’s in Charge
  • Engaging Teens

Costs: $5000 for a program facilitating 12 to 15 adults.

Engagement or Re-engagement Services

  • Reconnect Service
    The service involves early intervention with young people ‘at risk’ of leaving school and /or home and reconnects them with family, education, employment and community. Our case management services use a holistic approach which seeks to include the young person’s parent/carer in addressing the needs of the young person. Reconnect Service engages with the young person, their family and extended network of community support to build engagement, resilience, social skills of young person with goal setting in relation to school or education completion, employment and training.

Costs: Based on current funding the cost is in the range of $2000 to $4000 depending on what service intervention is provided.

Homework and Tutorial Support Services

  • Queanbeyan Homework Club
    An after school homework club and learning centre. Its primary aim is to address aspects of the curriculum including literacy, home reading and numeracy activities, as well as Aboriginal cultural development and awareness for students. It also involves have arts, craft and cultural activities involving local Aboriginal artists and community elders, as well as sport and recreational activities. Our staff meet regularly with teachers to follow each child’s progress. The program operates between 3:00pm and 5:30pm, Monday to Wednesday during the school term, for Kindergarten to Year 6 children. All children are provided with a nutritional afternoon tea. In the Central West children and young people are also offered a breakfast club. Both services focus on cultural connection and safety. Our project coordinator and other staff provide support, guidance and encouragement for groups of up to 15 students. Homework Club can involve group activities or one-to-one work as required. Students are collected from their classes by our staff and taken to Homework Club. They are then collected by their parents or guardians at the end of the session which can provide an opportunity for feedback.

Costs: Ranges from $4000 - $9000 per student annually.

Other Student Engagement and Attendance Services

  • Family Referral Service in Schools Program (FRS)
    This program uses early intervention to improve student attendance and engagement and enhance the wellbeing of vulnerable students and their families. By establishing service referral pathways in their community, and by overseeing integrated case management plans, we can help students thrive and succeed. Vulnerable students and their families are identified through a range of sources including: self-referral, families, attendance concerns and concerns identified by school Learning and Support Teams. FRS caseworkers are co-located in identified schools and can provide time-limited case management, linking families in need to appropriate services. This action also helps build capacity within the school environment to better address the social welfare needs of families who may need additional supports. Referrals are received by the Learning and Support teams and the school principal. This service includes home visiting and practical support to promote attendance and connection to community and family. We work with the school to establish clear lines of communication, articulating the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders.

Costs: $24,000 per year which includes a qualified social worker onsite seven hours a week.


Lyn Moyce

02 9218 2388

Auburn Children’s Family Centre – 02 9646 2770

Penrith Children’s Family Centre – 02 4729 1211

Southern NSW Children’s Family Centre – 02 6124 3800

South Coast Children’s Family Centre – 02 4275 8575

Sydney Metro Children’s Family Centre – 02 9218 2358

Western NSW Children’s Family Centre - 02 5319 8100

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