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

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19

All 16 and 17 year olds and eligible 12 to 15 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. There are three ways that young people in this age group can get vaccinated:

  1. Turn 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)
  2. Wait to hear from your GP
  3. If you’re going to be 18 in the next three months, book an appointment by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine

Children aged 12 to 15 who have, or live with those who have, specific underlying health conditions that puts them at higher risk of getting seriously ill from the virus are now eligible for the vaccine.

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 nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine or camden.gov.uk/covid19vaccine

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.

To help families and pupils to understand and follow the new arrangements that are in place at their schools, we have produced a new 'Back to school and college safely' leaflet, which you can read and download below.

Other information

Early years and childcare services, including children's centres, nurseries and childminders remain open.

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

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

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. 

You can chat over the phone to a Connexions careers adviser and get advice on training, education, jobs, and apprenticeships. Call 020 7974 7252 or email connexions@camden.gov.uk

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

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

After-school and holiday play schemes

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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