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Our purpose, approach and values

The one reason for our being is children / Kotahi anake te kaupapa arā, ko ngā tamariki


Our purpose

We support, challenge and empower families, communities and society to make Aotearoa New Zealand the best place to be a child.

Our approach

We serve children and young people through recognising the importance of their families and whānau and offering integrated services, within Barnardos and in community partnerships. We do this by providing care, support, education and learning opportunities.

Through our work:

  • More children are safe from physical and emotional harm
  • More children participate in learning
  • More children are valued and respected in their homes and communities

Learn more about how we are working to achieve real results for New Zealand children in our 2013-16 Strategic Plan.

Our values

We share a set of core values that define us as an organisation and the way we work.

Integrity - We demonstrate honesty, fairness, openness and clear boundaries, in all our interactions, behaviours and practices, within the organisation and with our clients, stakeholders and the wider community.

Respect for others - We acknowledge and respect differences in each other, and provide a safe, supportive environment where all individuals are valued and encouraged to engage in open two-way communication.

Success - We set the standard in service delivery, through a commitment to excellence, innovation, and to ongoing learning and continued improvement.

Passion - We stand up for what we believe in, and go the extra distance for children and families so that we can make a positive difference to our society.