Schools, children and families

Support for families

Children’s social care

We are now visiting all children and families at home, seeing them in the office or at school. Meetings will be a mixture of virtual and face to face.  

Check the Camden Children’s Safeguarding Partnership website for information.

Early Help check-in service

Our Camden Family Early Help team is offering a ‘family check-in' service. This is to give extra help to children and families who may be more vulnerable during this time. Our teams will make sure families have access to essentials, such as food, medicine and supplies. They will also connect you to those who can help, if needed.

Find out more and request an Early Help family check-in

Family health and wellbeing

Taking care of our health, and the health of our families, is particularly important at this time. We need to be smart in order to get our daily exercise, eat well and maintain emotional health and wellbeing. 

Try to eat healthily and be mindful of snacking. Remember, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables count towards your five-a-day. A healthy diet will help your mood and energy.

The Camden Health and Wellbeing Team is offering a series of 'virtual' online sessions for families.

Find out more and book your places here

Contact us:

If you would like more support, please contact the team at healthandwellbeingteam@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 6736.

Here are some helpful resources and websites for keeping the whole family healthy:

The Brandon Centre has also produced this really useful guide for families. It is packed with advice and resources to help parents in Camden during the COVID-19 crisis: 

Children with special educational needs and disabilities  

We’ve put together information here for those with special educational needs and disabilities. We hope this will be helpful for these families, children, young people and those working with them. 

Support and advice for children and young people

Childline has created a new web page with information for children and young people about coronavirus. The page includes information about: 

  • what coronavirus is
  • where children and young people can find help if they are worried
  • coping if they are staying at home
  • what to do if they are feeling unwell

Young people can visit these 'Keep calm, stay connected, be safe' web pages.  

Children and young people's mental health charity, Young Minds, has also produced this blog. What to do if you’re anxious about coronavirus

Schools, colleges and nurseries

Schools, colleges and nurseries have all been fully open since September and will stay open under the new national restrictions, which come into force from 5 November to 2 December.

Face coverings should now be worn in communal areas outside of classrooms in all secondary schools and further education colleges.

Parents' webinar event (online) - 26 November, 1.30 to 3pm

Join us on Thursday, 26 November at 1.30pm for a follow-up online COVID-19 webinar for parents of children in Camden schools or nurseries. 

We will be receiving questions in advance. Please email julie.edgecombe@islington.gov.uk and you will have the opportunity to read your question if you wish to.

Topics likely to be covered will include: bubble sizes; asymptomatic transmission by children; use of face coverings in schools; social distancing in schools; test and trace; communication from schools and councils; loss of education; school and nursery closures or partial closures.

Our expert panel will answer these questions and more (please see above on how to submit your questions in advance).

Information and advice for parents:

Translated back to school and nursery posters / flyers for parents

Department for Education helpline

Schools, colleges or nurseries can contact the Department for Education coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687. Lines are open Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm, and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

Local contact email address for public health advice

Education and childcare staff can also contact our local public health teams via their email inbox, which is monitored 24/7: email your enquiry.
 

Exams in 2021

The Government announced on 12 October that exams will go ahead next summer. There are back up plans in case things change.

Students will be given more time to prepare for next year's exams. Most AS, A-levels and GCSEs will be held three weeks later because of the disruption caused by the pandemic. Read the full update here.

More information and support:

Youth services

Following the announcement of new national COVID-19 restrictions, Camden Council youth centres will close for face-to-face group sessions from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

However, all three Council youth centres are offering a 'virtual' online programme. Somers Town Youth Centre and Netherwood Youth and Family Hub are open for one-to-one appointments during the daytime and evening.

For more details and contact information for other community youth centres, please visit the Camden Rise website

Our Careers and Connexions service continues to run a virtual drop-in service. This is while their office at the Crowndale Centre stays closed during October 2020. The virtual drop-in is open by telephone every day, Monday to Friday, from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. 

You can chat over the phone to a Connexions careers adviser and get advice on training, education, jobs, and apprenticeships. 

After-school and holiday play schemes

The play provision in Camden is run by community and voluntary organisations. These are funded by the Council, to provide after-school clubs and holiday play schemes for children aged four to 12. It includes specialist services for vulnerable children, young people and their families with varying needs.

After-school provision

During the autumn term all providers are planning to offer before and after school clubs. 

They will run on the basis of bubbles of 15. They will keep children from one school together in a single bubble wherever possible. They will only mix children from different schools where absolutely necessary to provide a service.  

The play providers are (or will be) in contact with their link schools to confirm each centre’s arrangements.

Holiday play schemes

Centres will be following public health guidance and offering provision to bubbles of no more than 15 children. There will be some reduction in places in order to keep children safely in bubbles so spaces will be limited and some schemes may quickly become fully booked. 

Temporary changes to children and young people’s emergency and inpatient health services

Children and young people’s NHS services in north London have been reviewed. This is to ensure the best emergency and planned care during the pandemic and throughout the winter. This is when pressure on local hospitals grows.

Emergency and inpatient services for children and young people have already temporarily closed at:

  • University College London Hospitals

  • the Royal Free Hospital.

This means you might need to go to a different hospital in an emergency or for a planned appointment. Children and young people’s emergency services remain open at Barnet Hospital, the Whittington Hospital and the North Middlesex University Hospital.

There are children and young people’s emergency departments at:

  • Whittington Hospital
  • Barnet Hospital
  • North Middlesex University Hospital
  • St Mary’s Hospital
  • Royal London Hospital.

Please call 111 for advice on the most appropriate place for care. For life-threatening emergencies call 999 immediately. 

University College London Hospitals and the Royal Free Hospital remain open for adult patients.

Find out more:

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