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Barnardo’s Parenting Matters (Northern Ireland)

Contact Information

234-242 Ormeau Road, Belfast,
BT7 2FZ View Location on Map >
Telephone Number
02890 644335 or 07771555930
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Please contact our office for more information using the telephone number given in this profile.

Other Information

Facilities Information

Main Services Provided

Parenting Matters have been working in NI prisons since 1996 and offers support to parents in custody, as well as children and families outside in the community.

The service works in partnership with Northern Ireland Prison Service.

Our aims are:

• To help families maintain and develop relationships while separated through imprisonment

• To support families where contact is limited or has broken down

• To ensure the voice of the child is heard and their rights upheld

Work with parents in custody
The service works with parents at HMP Maghaberry and Magilligan (Adult male) and HMP Hydebank Wood womens prison and Young Offenders Centre. Interventions include a range of group based programmes which explore issues for children and families at all stages of imprisonment, from remand to release. 1:1 support is also available for those parents who request specific or additional help during their time in custody.

Work with families outside
Parenting Matters works with parents/carers to help them address the impact separation and imprisonment has on children. What to tell children, helping children express feelings, and how to support them pre and post visit is explored.

Work with children
The service offers family visits and activities which are additional to standard visit entitlements and which focus on the needs of the child. The visits allow children to meet mum or dad in a child friendly environment and provide opportunities for parent and child to engage in routine family activities such as sharing a meal together, engaging in play activities, having time to discuss and address any concerns children may have.

Organisation Type
  • Community
  • Voluntary
Main Age Groups
  • All Ages
Method of Access (Referral)
  • Self
  • Sentence Manager
Family Support Services Categories
  • Support for Prisoners and their Families
Main Category of Services
  • Family Support
  • Mental Health

Areas covered

  • All of N Ireland
  • Antrim
  • Ards
  • Armagh
  • Ballymena
  • Ballymoney
  • Banbridge
  • Belfast
  • Carrickfergus
  • Castlereagh
  • Coleraine
  • Cookstown
  • Craigavon
  • Derry
  • Down
  • Dungannon
  • Fermanagh
  • Larne
  • Limavady
  • Lisburn
  • Magherafelt
  • Moyle
  • Newry&Mourne
  • Newtownabbey
  • North Down
  • Omagh
  • Strabane


Barnardo’s Parenting Matters (Northern Ireland)

  • Barnardo’s Parenting Matters (Northern Ireland)