Barnardos Knowledge Bank

Barnardos Knowledge Bank is an online service hosting full content materials produced by Barnardos Ireland. It contains the full text of booklets, journals, reports, research papers and more. Barnardos Knowledge Bank is an open access platform, with the aim of making Barnardos output as widely accessible as possible. Use the browse functions above for an overview of relevant materials. Barnardos is Ireland's leading children's charity and is also a National Voluntary Childcare Organisation whose work is part funded by Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Recent Submissions

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    Finglas West Family Resource Centre
    (Barnardos, No date) Barnardos
    Information leaflet on the work and programmes delivered by Finglas West Family Resource Centre.
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    Supporting Barnardos in 2023
    (Barnardos, No date) Barnardos
    Booklet outlining how supporters can fundraise for Barnardos in 2023.
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    Realising Potential: Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Practice in Early Years
    (Barnardos, 2017) Graham, Imelda
    Few experiences are more gratifying than reading a publication that not only addresses an issue that is close to your heart, but also provides answers to questions, and prompts you to reflect upon your practice to improve experiences for children. This publication by Barnardos manages to do just that. Drawing upon her vast experience in the field of early childhood, working with the Traveller community, children and families from disadvantaged communities, and more recently, refugee children and families, author Imelda Graham discusses issues of Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Practice in Early Years in a sensitive, informative, and empathetic manner. Against the backdrop of an ever-changing demographic landscape in Ireland, where it is now the norm to find a rich diversity within early years settings, among children, staff, parents and families, this publication is a timely and much needed text for all those working within, or with an interest in, the early childhood sector. It is written in the context of significant legislative changes, and policy initiatives, all of which are intended to support early years practitioners to develop inclusive practices. This publication blends case studies, legislation and theory to question understandings of equality, diversity and inclusion. It stresses the importance of using the correct terms and words as an important aspect of ‘supporting mutual understanding regarding the situations and issues that we encounter’ and providing inclusive early years care and education. For example, if asked, would you be able to describe the difference between a migrant and a refugee? Are you familiar with, and knowledgeable about, terms such as culture, multicultural, intercultural, race, assimilation, and ethnicity? This publication helps to fill these and other gaps in knowledge around equality, diversity and inclusion.
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    Responding to Trauma in Early Learning and Care: Homelessness
    (Barnardos, 2024) Barnardos
    In Ireland today, there are babies, toddlers and young children growing up in households impacted by poverty, addiction, neighbourhood violence, discrimination, mental health problems, homelessness and domestic violence, and some children are being subjected to chronic neglect and/or abuse. Working in Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings, we have seen first-hand the devastating impact that traumatic experiences such as these can have on the lives of the youngest and most vulnerable people in our society. For many children, the impact of adverse experiences will negatively affect their wellbeing and development, leading to poor outcomes, and social, emotional and physical issues over the course of their lives. As early years educators, we can play a critical role in supporting children and families by promoting a safe, supportive environment and providing stable, caring relationships in those critical first years of life. Through our intimate relationships with young children and their families we have the opportunity to make a real, positive difference. This resource, which is one in a series looking at how ELC settings can support children experiencing adversity, focuses on children experiencing homelessness. It explores how homelessness can impact children, and how, as early years educators, in partnership with families and other agencies, we can support children and their families experiencing homelessness.
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    Developing Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Early Childhood: A How to Guide
    (Cork City Childcare Committee & Barnardos, No date) Cork City Childcare Committee; Barnardos
    This publication aims to acknowledge the difficult and time-consuming task that childcare practitioners face in ensuring that their equal opportunities /diversity policies are developed and implemented to reflect the changes that our society is experiencing. It does this by providing: A Position Paper on including anti-discriminatory practice as a central theme in early childhood programmes, a Self-Assessment Questionnaire intended as an aid to identifying areas of practice where practitioners feel they are doing well and areas in which they feel there could be some improvement., a Model Policy based on best practice models, which it is hoped will be a source of information and inspiration as well as a basis for discussion among childcare providers. The Model Policy is also intended to act as an illustration of the wider implications that such a policy will have for a service which is aiming to ensure that the principles of equality are fully implemented. It finally provides a Step-by-Step Guide to suggest how your planned policy development might be implemented.

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