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    Supporting Families Online: Exploring the Experiences of Service Users and Practitioners and the Development of a Best Practice Framework for Digital Social Care
    (Barnardos, 2023) Hickey, Grainne; Greene, Siobhan
    Abstract of a presentation delivered to the International Congress on Evidence-based Parenting Support 2023.
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    Integrated Therapeutic Group Work with Young Children in a Family Support Setting
    (Barnardos, 2005) Daly, Mary; Smith, Kerri; Nulty, Emma Jane
    Barnardos is a national voluntary childcare organisation. In the Eastern Region Coastal Area, Barnardos offers a range and continuum of family support services operating from three Family Centres. This paper focuses on just one aspect of service provision; namely, Therapeutic Group Work Programmes which are provided directly for young children in the context of support for the family. This paper outlines the underlying principles of the work; describes the practical process of how children and their families are referred and assessed; details the Programme and consequent Family Support work, and illustrates the core function of team work within the centres. This paper was presented at the Questions of Quality Conference which examined defining, assessing and supporting quality in early childhood care and education.
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    Advocating With and On Behalf of Children - The Barnardos Experience
    (Barnardos, 2007) Gibbons, Norah
    In 2005 Barnardos launched its twelve year strategy and investment programme which seeks to contribute towards building a society whose cornerstone is the needs and rights of children and young people. One new departure for Barnardos was the establishment of an Advocacy Department in order to ensure that the issues affecting the children and families that Barnardos works with were being raised at a national political level. Four priority areas were identified to focus the work of the Advocacy Department. These are Child Poverty, Child Protection, Educational Disadvantage and Alcohol Abuse. This paper was presented at the Vision into Practice Making Quality a Reality in the Lives of Young Children Conference.
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    Barnardos' Tomorrow's Child Conference: Conference Programme
    (Barnardos, 2008) Barnardos
    The conference will begin with the launch of the findings of a key trends analysis research report commissioned by Barnardos and undertaken by Brian Harvey, Social Researcher. Over the two days, in addition to the keynote presentations, a wide range of masterclasses and workshops covering policy and practice in key areas of children’s and young people’s lives will be available for participants to choose from. Barnardos is especially delighted to welcome President Mary McAleese who we are hoping will address delegates on the morning of November 6th. We hope you will find this programme interesting and that you will attend the conference. The Tomorrow’s Child Conference provides an opportunity to network, debate and to hear from national and international experts. It is a learning opportunity to probe how we can best work together to meet the challenges ahead. This brochure contains all the practical details that you need to sign up for Barnardos’ Tomorrow’s Child Conference. Spaces are limited so please consider signing up today and booking your place at this interesting and challenging conference.
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    What about Me? Prioritising Children in Family Breakdown Proceedings
    (Barnardos, 2013) Barnardos
    Children love growing up in a stable familiar family environment so change to their family circumstances can have a huge impact on their lives. It is a very individual experience for every child, but feelings of isolation, confusion and fear of the unknown are common. Children can feel trapped between their parents and afraid of being honest about one parent to another out of sense of loyalty or fear of further anger within the house. This emotional burden on the child can affect their wellbeing, their ability to cope with the transition and their educational and social development both in the short term and into their future. While in some cases the relationship breakdown might lead to a positive impact on the child in other cases the child, can be very distressed out of fear that they will not see their non-resident parent again. Interestingly, while the majority of children continue to be raised in a traditional nuclear family, one in six children are living in lone parent households. According to the Census 2011, the rate of marital breakdown (number of separated and divorced as a proportion of those ever married) is up from 8.7% to just under 10%. Specifically the number of divorced people rose significantly to 87,770 up from 35,059 in 2006 while the number of separated people levelled off at 116,194 up from 107,263 in 2006.