Barnardo's - Making Connections - Archives & Records Service

Barnardo's - Making Connections - Archives & Records Service

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  • Children / families
  • Local / community
  • Museums / heritage
  • Social care

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Barnardo’s believes in children regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour. Our purpose as a charity today is to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children

We believe in the abused, the most vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We will support them, stand up for them and bring out the best in each and every child.

We do this because we believe that every child deserves the best start in life and the chance to fulfil their potential.

We use the knowledge gained from our direct work with children to campaign for better childcare policy and to champion the rights of every child.

With the right help, committed support and a little belief, even the most vulnerable children can turn their lives around. Barnardo’s is regulated by the Charity Commission. Being a registered charity means that we must always be accountable and transparent.


The Barnardo’s ‘Making Connections’ service has two functions; to manage Barnardo’s extensive historical collections including over 400,000 children’s records and provide access to records for all children who were in Barnardo’s care or adopted through Barnardo’s. The service provides access to records to adults (over 18) who wish to view their information and possible trace birth relatives/peer.

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