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. 

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

For other advice and support, call our Camden Youth Helpline on 020 7974 6200, Monday to Friday, 12noon to 6pm.

Schools, colleges and nurseries

All schools and further education colleges are open for face-to-face learning. They have updated their risk assessments to keep pupils and staff as safe as possible. 

July update: Step 4 in Government's 'roadmap' out of COVID-19 restrictions

Further COVID-19 restrictions in education settings will end with the implementation of Step 4 in the Government's 'roadmap', the Education Secretary confirmed on 6 July 2021. 

As part of Step 4, expected to take place on 19 July, ‘bubbles’ will end for all children under 18, social distancing will no longer be necessary, and schools will not need to stagger start and finish times, though they can continue with existing arrangements until the end of term if they wish. (Note: in Camden, term ends on 23 July and it has been recommended by our local Public Health team and Camden Learning that the borough's schools and colleges continue with current arrangements until then). 

Main points from the latest Government announcement

  • 'Bubbles' will end, including classroom and year group bubbles for all children under 18
  • Social distancing will no longer be necessary and schools will not need to stagger start and finish times
  • However, according to the Government's guidance, education settings can chose to continue with restrictions until the end of term. (Note: in Camden, term ends on 23 July and it has been recommended by our local Public Health team and Camden Learning that the borough's schools and colleges continue with current arrangements until then). 

Other key points

  • From 16 August, the legal requirement to self-isolate for contacts of a positive case will end for everyone aged under 18, and for adults who have been fully vaccinated
  • Protective measures will remain in place for the autumn term in all education settings, including practicing good hygiene, ventilation, and regular testing until the end of September to strike a balance between relaxing restrictions and minimising further disruption to children’s education
  • All school trips, drama, music and sporting activity will be able to resume in line with the relaxation of restrictions across society from 19 July
  • There will be no restrictions on in-person teaching and learning in higher education settings from the autumn term.

More information

Face coverings in secondary schools update - 17 May, 2021

Government guidance on the use of face coverings for secondary schools and colleges in England changed on 17 May, when face coverings were no longer recommended for secondary students in classrooms. Since then, face coverings have also no longer been recommended for staff in classrooms.

It is still recommended that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors to schools in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (e.g. in corridors and communal areas). Camden secondary schools are following this guidance.

Back to school safely - information for parents and carers (last updated: March 2021)

Translated leaflets for parents and carers

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.
 

How qualifications will be awarded in 2021

GCSEs, A-levels and other qualifications in summer 2021

Students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught.

Read Ofqual's guide for students on how GCSEs, A levels, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2021, which was published on 10 May 2021.

A-level and GCSE results days - 10 and 12 August 2021

Results days for GCSE, A-levels and some vocational qualifications will take place in the week of 9 August 2021. A-level results are due to be awarded on Tuesday, 10 August this year and GCSEs on Thursday, 12 August.

To support teachers in making their judgements, exam boards will provide detailed guidance before the end of the spring term. Find out more here.

More information and support:

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 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 - including Camden Summer University.

Visit our new summerincamden.co.uk website to search for Summer 2021 holiday activities by age, date, types of activities and venues.

Find free holiday activities with a meal included here.

Our Careers and Connexions service is running a virtual drop-in service while their office at the Crowndale Centre remains closed. 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. 

  • Call 020 7974 7252 or you can email us at 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 

Summer in Camden - search for activities

Visit our new summerincamden.co.uk website to search for Summer 2021 holiday activities by age, date, types of activities and venues.

Holiday Activities and Food programme

Find free holiday activities with a meal included here.

The Pirate Castle's Summer Splash

Have fun, get active and make a splash during the summer break with a range of paddlesport and canal-based activities in Camden. £30 per day; £5 concessions.

Dates: 26 July to 1 September 2021. Ages: 8 to 16. 

Contact: info@thepiratecastle.org or call 020 7267 6605
Website: www.thepiratecastle.org

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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