About Camden Futures
Camden Futures is a service offering support and advice to families with significant needs, where the eldest child is aged 5 -10 years old and requires additional support.
Camden Futures will help local families with a range of problems. These include family relationships, children’s emotional problems, parenting, educational issues, debts and welfare advice.
Camden Futures services are offered through a partnership of local organisations delivering joined up support to families. Workers will be based in locations across Camden including GP practices and schools and linking with a range of other professionals and organisations in the borough.
Who Camden Futures helps
The service is eligible for families living in Camden who meet all of the following criteria:
- The oldest child in the family is between 5 and 10 years old and requires additional support.
- At the time of referral there is no other one else working with the family (e.g. a social worker) to help parents and carers improve outcomes for children in the family
- There are several problems affecting the family and which mean there is concern about impact on the family: Camden Futures is intended to help families who need help from several services, need help over a longer time and where support is needed by both children and a parent (for example disability or health problems, domestic violence, problems with drugs or alcohol, housing or debt)
Professionals should complete the Camden Futures Eligibility Checklist to check if families you are working with are eligible.
Camden Futures Wider Referral Network Meeting
The next Camden Futures Wider Referral Network Meeting will take place On the 15th of May 2013 from 2 to 4.30 pm at Elfrida Rathbone Camden offices. It will be a great opportunity for statutory and voluntary organizations to get together and share information about new projects, activities and networking. It will also offer the chance to hear about the last updates on Camden Futures and to discuss pressing issues for organizations supporting children and families such as Domestic Violence, Welfare Reform, Housing, Health etc. Please come along and let us know about your service and the challenges you are experiencing.
What we do
Family support and school engagement
Family Development Workers are linked with Camden GP surgeries and offer one-to-one support, home visits and family work. Family Workers will provide support and advice around parenting, family dynamics, and child behavioural issues, and help with accessing supportive community resources.
Parent Support Advisors are linked with Camden primary schools and offer information and guidance, one-to-one support, family work and mediation sessions. They will support parents to engage with their child’s school and to work in partnership around specific issues, including behaviour, special educational needs, and barriers such as language, and family disability. Coram are currently recruiting a Parent Support Advisor – further details can be found on their website.
Creative Therapists will support children’s learning, relationships, and emotional literacy through individual, group or family art and music sessions within schools. They work closely with staff and parents to help children understand the links between thinking, feeling and behaviour.
Financial Support and Advice
The Financial Inclusion Worker will work with a team of volunteers based within Camden CAB branches and GP surgeries to offer information, advice and practical support around debt, housing, welfare benefits and find the appropriate advice services to address practical problems.
Access online support from Family Lives trained support workers by clicking on the button below (this is not part of the Camden Futures Partnership, but is offered as a link that you might find useful).