Barnardos Annual Report 2017

Barnardos. (2019). Barnardos Annual Report 2017.
To a child, poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit and we have over 138,000 children being punished by consistent poverty in our country today. T o add to this, each month during 2017 the number of homeless children grew – up to a record of over 3,000 children homeless by the end of the year. It is a complex problem with no simple solution and it is easier to focus on looking after our own and closing our eyes to a sense of collective responsibility. Barnardos core work is delivering community based services tailored to meet the needs of children and their parents across a range of disadvantaged communities. In my work with Barnardos, I have been struck by the number of building blocks of children’s development and wellbeing that are affected by factors beyond their control such as the family they were born into or where they live. Children are being born into a lottery that is stacked against them, and into situations over which they have no control.