External links

Advice NI – benefit uptake: This initiative will offer you a FREE, independent and confidential Benefit Entitlement Check to make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to.

Advice Guide: The online Citizens Advice Bureau service that provides independent advice on your rights (including benefits and housing, employment rights and discrimination, debt and tax issues).

Barnardo's NI: a big children's charity, which runs projects across Northern Ireland such as counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services, vocational training, and disability inclusion groups.  

Information on adoption and fostering

Barnardo's PACT Project (offering accommodation, assessment and support to young women aged 16 to 24 years and their children aged from birth to 3 years)

Barnardo's Parenting Matters: Provides parenting education programmes to groups across Northern Ireland.  It has an accredited parent facilitator training programme.

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF):  This is a large charity that works with everyone involved with adoption and fostering across the UK, helping agencies find adoptive and permanent foster families for children, publishing expert publications, providing training and advice, and campaigning for changes to policy and practice to improve the lives of children in the care system.

Care in Crisis: provides help with crisis pregnancy, relationships, miscarriage, bereavement, post-abortion, self-esteem and stress.

Children’s Law Centre (based in Northern Ireland): Using the law to promote, protect and realise Children's Rights.

Citizens Advice Bureau: advice charity working against poverty, and meeting the information and advice needs of people in Northern Ireland.

Contact a Family: a UK-wide charity providing support, advice and information for families with disabled children.

The Fostering Network: Provides training courses for foster carers and fostering services, peer mentoring and advice for sons and daughters of foster carers, and information and counseling services for anyone involved in fostering. 

Gingerbread Northern Ireland: Organisation supporting one parent families.

Institute of Child Care Research, Queen’s University Belfast

NHS Choices: information on alcohol issues.

Northern Ireland Guardian ad Litem Agency (NIGALA): The Guardian ad Litem is an independent officer of the Court who is experienced in working with children and families. Under the Children (NI) Order 1995, a Guardian ad Litem is appointed to safeguard the interests of children who are the subject of Court proceedings.  This may be either adoption or care proceedings.  You will find more information about them in this website:

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

An introduction to social housing providers in Northern Ireland.

Parents Advice Centre: Help and Support for families.

Statistics on child protection and Looked After Children in Northern Ireland.

Voices of Young People in Care (VOYPIC): charity that helps young people in care in Northern Ireland. 

Women’s Aid: An organisation that provides a wide range of services to women and children affected by domestic violence throughout Northern Ireland.

Working with Diversity website:

YoungMinds: national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people, through giving advice, training, campaigning and distributing publications: