Barnardo’s Family Space offers information, guidance and support for all stages of your parenting or caring journey, from pregnancy through to when your child turns 19.
Our team of content developers produces our information pages. We have experience of:
- Working in children’s services, supporting babies, children, young people, and families
- Producing website content using reliable, relevant information sources and input from experts
Depending on the topic, we either write our pages with an external organisation or our Barnardo’s team of clinical experts. If we co-produce content with an external organisation, we explain who on the page. We do this when we write a new page and when we rewrite or update an existing one.
We also work with Coram to run regular feedback sessions with a diverse panel of parents and carers from across the UK. These sessions allow us to gather insight and suggestions that help us improve and develop our website.
We want everyone to feel included and welcome when browsing the Family Space. We regularly review and update the information on our website, but please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you:
- Feel we’ve overlooked something
- Have any accessibility or inclusion needs we’ve missed
Our in-house experts also support the production and quality of content.
Wendy Thorogood – Head of Clinical Services
Wendy brings 43 years of healthcare experience to our team, with a strong foundation in children and adult clinical care. Her 25-year dedication to safeguarding children and adults at local, national, and international levels reflects her passion for early intervention and high-quality services.
Wendy's expertise in quality assurance and her belief in positive challenges driving practice improvement make her a valuable addition. With qualifications including RGN/RSCN/dip and a Master's in Child Protection, she leads us in developing impactful services for children and families.
Kirsty Edgson – Strategic Lead for Health Visiting
Kirsty is a Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in Health Visiting with 27 years’ experience in the NHS. Kirsty has previously been a Designated Nurse in Safeguarding Children with expertise in the field of Safeguarding Children, Domestic Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation.
Dr Matt Price – Strategic Lead for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Matt is a clinical psychologist who has led and supervised a mental health service in the NHS. Matt also led the Start for Life Mental Health team in the Department for Health and Social Care and is currently part of the editorial board of the International Journal of Birth and Parent Education.
Dr Sharon Raymond – Sessional GP
Sharon is a portfolio GP with extensive experience in medical leadership, urgent and unscheduled care, mental health and wellbeing, and safeguarding children, young people, and adults. She is a Named GP for Safeguarding Children for two London integrated care systems (ICS), the clinical lead for mental health in one London ICS, a GP appraiser for the NHS, a General Medical Council Associate, and the founder and director of the non-profit Crisis Rescue Foundation, filling the gaps in health and wellbeing for the most vulnerable in our communities.
Knowledge Change Action Ltd (KCA)
KCA (previously known as Kate Cairns Associates) was established in 2011 to bring together the work of Kate Cairns and a group of experienced practitioners and trainers across the UK.
We’ve teamed up with KCA to share their Five to Thrive approach to healthy brain development in children.
Let’s Get Cooking (British Dietetic Association)
Let's Get Cooking is all about inspiring everyone to learn to cook and enjoy good food. They give people the confidence and skills they need to get hands-on in the kitchen and make healthier food choices throughout their lives.
Institute of Health Visiting (iHV)
The Institute of Health Visiting is a UK Centre of Excellence supporting the development of universally high-quality health visiting practice to benefit all children, families and communities.
The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.
The Sleep Charity
The Sleep Charity is a national, award-winning charity. It’s one of the leading, independent expert voices on sleep issues in the UK and there to help everyone get a better night’s sleep.
Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise
Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise trains the next generation of dental professionals, treats local people, and helps the most vulnerable in society.
Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY)
PACEY is a charity dedicated to supporting everyone involved in childcare and early years to provide high quality services, information and advice to children, their families and carers.