Extern is the leading social justice charity on the island of Ireland

Each year we speak up for and support more than 19,500 children, young people, individuals and families. 

We also support, house, and advise people who are homeless or facing homelessness, refugees, the Traveller community, people living with an offending past, those living with the impact of suicide and those dealing with mental health and drug and alcohol issues, to change their lives.


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There are many reasons why Extern is needed. Here are a few...


305 people died by suicide in Northern Ireland in 2018


At the end of 2018, there were 6,072 children living in care in ROI. 


19,378 households were on the waiting list and classified as homeless.

Young People/Families


    The Janus programme works intensively on a one-to-one basis with young people aged 10-17 years, who are living in the community or within the care system, and whose behaviour is challenging, posing a risk to either themselves or to others Read more