Support for families

Children’s social care

We will continue to visit all children and families, using both virtual (online) and face-to-face meetings as needed. Please check the Camden Children’s Safeguarding Partnership website for information.

Early Help 

Our Camden Family Early Help team offers:

  • Free support service for families with children aged 0 to 19 in Camden
  • Practical and emotional support with a range of life issues
  • Working with you and your family to help make changes
  • Helping you and your family to feel connected in your community.
  • Find out more and contact them here.

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. 

Health and wellbeing advice for children and young people

COVID-19 vaccinations for 16 and 17-year-olds

All 16 and 17-year-olds can get vaccinated. We recommend children aged 16 and 17 to get vaccinated as soon as possible – particularly if they have an underlying health condition that puts them at higher risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Sixteen to 17-year-olds can book online or go to a walk-in centre for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The second jab will be given at least 12 weeks after the first dose.

You can get vaccinated by:

  • Turning up at a local COVID-19 vaccine walk-in centre (find your nearest here) or Camden’s COVID-19 vaccine bus (find out when it’s near you at camden.gov.uk/getting-the-vaccine)
  • Waiting to hear from your GP
  • If you’re going to be 18 in the next three months, book an appointment by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine. All 16 and 17-year-olds can also book their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment online.

COVID-19 vaccinations for 12 to 15-year-olds

All young people aged 12 to 15 are being offered a first dose of the COVID-19 (Pfizer) vaccine to help protect them from catching and spreading the virus within schools and to family members.

The NHS has been delivering the vaccine programme in schools. Parents and carers were being asked for consent beforehand and have been encouraged to make this decision jointly with their children.

Most children aged 12 to 15 can:

Not all walk-in vaccination sites can vaccinate children aged 12 to 15. More sites will become available over time.

Find out more at nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine or speak to your GP. To learn more about the vaccine before choosing whether to have it, visit the NHS website here or or camden.gov.uk/covid19vaccine

Public Health England (now the UK Health Security Agency) has updated its page of resources for young people and their families with answers to some frequently asked questions.

If you or your child aged 12 or over is clinically vulnerable, please speak to your GP about the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

Update (1/12/21) - latest guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)

The NHS is currently working on plans to offer:

  • a booster dose to everyone aged 18 years old and over
  • a booster dose to people aged 16 years old and over with a severely weakened immune system
  • booster doses from 3 months after the previous dose - currently it's from 6 months after the previous dose
  • a 2nd dose to all children aged 12 to 15 years old who are not already eligible.

Please note that this is not yet available. The NHS will update their website once the service is updated. Please wait to be contacted by the NHS. However, if you or your child aged 12 or over is clinically vulnerable, please speak to your GP about the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible

Emotional wellbeing and mental health

Schools, colleges and nurseries

All schools and further education colleges are open for face-to-face learning and all pupils are also now expected to attend school as their learning is prioritised.

While most COVID-19 restrictions in schools, including class and year group ‘bubbles’, have been lifted, some protective measures remain and are reflected in schools' revised risk assessments.

Wearing face coverings - pupils, staff and visitors (updated 1 December 2021)

Government guidance recommends that face coverings should be worn by secondary school pupils (Year 7 and above), staff and adult visitors when moving around their school or college, outside of classrooms, such as in corridors and communal areas. This is a temporary measure.

Pupils in these schools or colleges should also wear a face covering when travelling on public transport and dedicated transport to and from school.

The Government does not advise that pupils and staff wear face coverings in classrooms. In primary schools, it is recommended that face coverings should be worn by staff and adults (including visitors) when moving around in corridors and communal areas. Health advice continues to be that children in primary schools should not be asked to wear face coverings.

Other information

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. This is monitored 24/7: email your enquiry.
 

Exam results 2021

A-level and GCSE results - how Camden students performed this year

Information and support for students

Your Future

Your Future has been set up in Camden to:

  • help make it easier to find the services available
  • provide one-to-one advice
  • signpost you to the right support based on your needs. 

If you’re 16 to 24 and looking for work or job advice, Your Future is here to help. Find out more and contact us

Youth services

Youth centres, activities and support

Find out more about what activities and support is available through our youth centres on Camden Rise website.

Careers and Connexions

Our Careers and Connexions service is running a virtual drop-in service, which is open by telephone every day, Monday to Friday, from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. 

If you're aged 13 to 19 (up to 25, if you have special educational needs or disabilities), you can chat over the phone to a Connexions careers adviser and get advice on training, education and jobs, including apprenticeships. Call 020 7974 7252 or email connexions@camden.gov.uk

Face-to-face sessions with a Careers and Connexions personal adviser are also now available by appointment - call or email us to book. 

Young people's mental and emotional wellbeing

For young people's mental and emotional wellbeing support, visit the Camden Rise website.

After-school and holiday play schemes

Winter Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme - December 2021

The final Camden Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme, is taking place in December 2021, with a further 1,000 children expected to benefit from the programme, which offers free fun activities with a healthy meal.

There has been a strong focus on safety, wellbeing, playing and learning and all future provision will follow Government guidelines about the current restrictions and will be COVID-secure.

Places are free for children and young people aged five to 16 who are registered for free school meals. These are limited and we expect them to book-up quickly - although there are currently (1/12/21) plenty of spare places. Availability will be refreshed periodically and new activities will be added so please keep checking the website.

The HAF Winter Programme is for four days, four hours per day, 16 hours per week in total across the two-week school Christmas holidays. Due to staff shortages, some providers are unable to deliver a 16-hour programme. So instead, they will provide either a two or three day programme and offer each child a food hamper and an activity pack to take home.  
 
Most of the providers are running the programme on 20, 21, 22 and 23 December 2021, for four days. However, a few providers are running it on 29 and 30 December 2021.

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 

Providers are currently following Public Health guidance in the way they operate. They are no longer operating 'bubbles' - however, they will continue to minimise mixing between children where possible. Places are limited but available to all children. Please contact centres to check availability.

Holiday play schemes 

Children and young people’s hospital A&E departments have now reopened

Last year, temporary changes were made to paediatric services in north central London (NCL) to ensure patients and families could continue to receive safe and high quality care during the pandemic. 

The following children and young people’s accident and emergency departments have now reopened:

  • University College Hospital (reopened on 8 April 2021)
  • Royal Free Hospital (reopened on 12 April 2021). 

Other local emergency units include the southern hub at the Whittington Hospital, North Middlesex University Hospital and Barnet Hospital. 

If you are unsure where to take a child in need of emergency treatment, visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111. In a life-threatening emergency, dial 999 immediately. 

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