Camden MOSAIC and SEND reforms

What is Camden MOSAIC?

Camden MOSAIC is the integrated service for the borough’s disabled children, young people and their families. The service is based at Kentish Town Health Centre. Camden MOSAIC has high aspirations for children and young people with severe disabilities and complex needs, including sensory impairments. We aim to help them join in with all aspects of school, leisure and community activities, and support their independence and involvement in all decisions that affect them, preparing them for adult life.

Who can apply for help from MOSAIC?

To apply for services through MOSAIC a child must reside in Camden, be under 18 and have a permanent and substantial disability. A referral needs to be made to MOSAIC by someone who knows your child’s special needs well, such as your GP, school or another health professional via a CAF or eCAF. More information on the services provided and how to get in touch can be found in the Camden Mosaic booklet.

SEND reforms

You may have already heard about some significant changes the Government is making to the way children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families will be supported. To find out more visit Camden's Local Offer website.

MOSAIC inTouch

We aim to keep all parents in Camden with a disabled child up-to-date on what services and events are available. In order to do this we have developed the inTouch database. If you sign up to the database you can choose to receive the MOSAIC inTouch quarterly newsletter. Register for MOSAIC inTouch

Short breaks for disabled children

Short breaks (previously known as respite) form one element of the support we offer to disabled children and young people, aged 0-18 and their families. They are fun activities provided after school, at the weekend and during school holidays, allowing children and young people the opportunity to do something they enjoy, independently from their parents or primary carers. They also give parent and carers a break from their caring role.

Short breaks in Camden are currently provided without charge but this is under review with the possibility of a charge in the future.

Contact MOSAIC about short breaks

Activities for disabled children

Toy library and play sessions for children under 5

The toy library is a free opportunity for parents to find out more about their child's learning and development through play. You will have time to observe and interact with your child and can choose toys and equipment to take home for a 2 weekly loan. If you would like to join us then please bring along proof of name and address.

  • Mondays and Fridays 10-12 at Busby Place (Kentish Town Community Centre).

  • Wednesdays 10-12 at Holly Lodge Family Centre (Highgate).

  • Tuesdays 10-12 at Sidings Community Centre (West Hampstead).

Please contact Lydia Storan for more information about the toy library and event: 07941 620882 or

Play sessions for under 5s run by KIDS

Two groups of developmental play sessions run for children under 5 with disabilities or developmental concerns. There are specialist toys and experienced staff on hand to help you.

  • SupaStars - Harmood Children's Centre every Tuesday in term time from 10 until 12 noon. This group is run by Helen Beswick. Call 0800 389 5789 or 020 7520 0405 for information.
  • Amazing Tots - KIDS (49 Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N 2NY) every Thursday in term time from 10 until 12 noon. This group is run by Margaret Connolly. Call KIDS on 020 7520 0405 for more information.


Offers dance, performance, social and other creative opportunities to children and young people with varying disabilities, including wheelchair users.
Saturday mornings: ages 5-25 in Hampstead
Contact: Shelley Shieff, charity manager on 07973397604 or

Free adapted bike hire on Saturdays in Regents Park

A range of amazing adapted bikes are available to hire for FREE on Saturdays in Regents Park.
Saturdays 10am-1pm, Queen Mary's Yard, Inner Circle, Regents Park
Bikes can be used in the Inner Circle (quiet, less traffic), Outer Circle (busier) and The Broadwalk (more pedestrians).

If you have not tried the bikes before then we have volunteers available to ride with you or to show you how.
Bookings are preferred via email to or phoned to 020 7388 6007 ext 203. An email showing bikes availability is sent out every week and parents or carers are encouraged to book the empty slots.

Swimming lessons

Provided at Kentish Town Leisure Centre for disabled children and young people under 18 years old. A block of 10 swimming lessons are provided with ASA qualified swimming instructors and volunteers. Priority is given to children who are known to MOSAIC. For more information please contact sports development team.

Siblings groups run by KIDS

This is an opportunity during half-term for children with disabled siblings to meet other children in the same situation. It will also provide a break from their caring role within the family and allow them to take part in fun activities. Please call KIDS for more information on 020 7520 0405.

Action for Children

Action for Children run a short breaks service for Camden disabled children aged 5-12 from the Rollercoaster Playground in Cubitt Street. Action for Children is a charity that provides short breaks to families all around the UK. The staff team that run the Cubitt Street centre has extensive experience with children with special needs (ASD and complex health needs) working in schools and play schemes. If you would like to be referred for a short break please contact MOSAIC disabled children's team.

At Cubitt Street they are able to offer your child a purpose built spacious indoor and outdoor play space. They provide a range of activities for children which help support their specific learning objectives through play. Currently they are running two services for Camden families. An afterschool club three days a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:15pm - 6:15pm and a holiday club for 3 days per week during the holidays from 10:00am - 3:30pm.

Swiss Cottage School short breaks service for children aged 5-12

They will be providing a Saturday club, after school clubs and activities in the school holidays. The staff have extensive experience of working with disabled children with a range of needs and many of the staff working on the projects will be staff from the school which can provide consistency for pupils who do not cope well with change. If you would like to be referred for a short break please contact MOSAIC disabled children's team.

PACE Overnights for 8-14 year olds

From October 2012 PACE will run monthly ‘Overnight Adventures’ for small groups of children referred by Camden’s Disabled Children’s Team.
They will offer a choice of venues including at Fortune Green Play Centre and on board a fully accessible canal boat. Sessions will start at 1pm on Saturday and finish on Sunday at 12 midday. If you would like to be referred for a short break please contact MOSAIC disabled children's team.

WAC Arts

WAC Arts are based at Interchange studios and are delighted to announce their additional new short breaks programme. The programme will include the following sessions for under 18s with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Tuesday youth club - The regular club for 14-18 year olds 6:30-8:30pm.
  • After School Club - There are additional after school sessions in arts and media on Wednesday afternoons between 4-6pm for the 11-14 year olds.
  • Saturday Club - A brand new Saturday Club offers sport and outdoor education, and environmental and fun social activities to get young people ‘out and about’.
  • Holiday Activities - Existing holiday provision is now extended to offer full five-day week programmes in all the school holidays (with the exception of Christmas holidays).
  • Buddying - A new buddying initiative encourages friendship, social interaction and fun!
  • Transitions - The transitions project helps young people to manage periods of change in their lives. This might include moving from school to college or changes at home.  This short break is available to age 14 up to their 18th birthday.
  • Advocacy - The advocacy service is designed to represent young people who may have complex and challenging family circumstance, be non-verbal or looked after. These exciting developments offer young people with a range of special educational needs and disabilities the opportunity to have fun and socialise. Young people learn new skills and have more say in the decisions that affect them.

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Support for parents and carers of disabled children

KIDS Special Parent Forum

This group meets each half-term to work in partnership with Camden to develop services. It is a useful place to hear about services, meet other parents for mutual support and participate in developing services.
If you are interested in being part of the Special Parent Forum or would like any further information about meetings, please contact the team:
Rachel Dixon – or 07711 767258
Maria Schultz – or 07826 671523


You can also sign up to the Camden Special Parents Forum Facebook page

Family link – help give a disabled child a break

Camden's Family Link offers disabled children and young people the opportunity to have short, planned, regular breaks with a Family Link carer in a family home setting. Family Link carers are specially approved by the Family Link Panel to look after disabled children and young people. They get an allowance and the amount we pay depends on the length of time they look after the child. To find out more, please call 0800 0281436 or email

If you want to become a Family Link carer then please contact Camden Family Link