The service

The Barnardos Children's Safety Programme is for children aged 5–17 years who have witnessed or experienced family violence. The programme focuses on:

  • working with children to develop a safety plan they understand
  • supporting them as they make sense of the events of violence in their lives
  • helping them stay safe.

The first step is developing a safety plan with both a child and their carer. Children are then encouraged to attend our Footsteps to Feeling Safe programme (run primarily in groups for a minimum of 9 weeks).

During the Footsteps programme, children work on:

  • keeping their safety plan current
  • knowing where to get help when they need it
  • their understanding of abuse and violence
  • identifying feelings and dealing with worries
  • knowing how to manage anger
  • building confidence
  • looking towards the future.

By talking with children and involving them in programme activities, we help them rebuild their self–esteem so they can face the future with confidence.

Our children's safety programmes are free for anyone referred by the Family Court or Oranga Tamariki.



  • Whāngarei
  • Auckland
  • Hamilton & greater Waikato
  • Gisborne
  • Hawera
  • Lower Hutt, Porirua & Kapiti
  • Nelson
  • Christchurch & greater Canterbury
  • Invercargill & Gore.


Who to contact

If you'd like to know more about this service, call 0800 227 627 or send us a message.