We transform lives as the leading social justice charity across the island of Ireland. Operating since 1978, we believe another chance can change a life.

Each year we speak up for and support more than 25,000 children, young people, individuals and families. We enable them to overcome their challenges, empower positive change and support family unity.

We also support, house, and advise people who are:

Our Vision

A global leader in changing lives.

Our Mission

Transforming Lives
Transforming Society

Our ethos

We are life-changing
We bring solutions
We are forward-looking
We deliver quality
We are trustworthy

We employ more than 650 compassionate, innovative, professional, and dedicated staff across the island of Ireland. Every day they are proud to demonstrate our staff values in their work.

Our Values


We lead Extern with energy, passion and drive – empowering people to take the initiative and make decisions


We are actively ambitious and pioneering, expecting our people to follow through on their best ideas and make them happen


We take an innovative, entrepreneurial business approach, pursuing new creative ideas that make a huge impact on lives

Working together

We act as ‘One Extern’, working together and collaborating fully across all teams and regions for the benefit of our service users and commissioners


We reach beyond the highest professional standards, delivering excellence and treating each other and the people we support with dignity and respect


Transforming Lives