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PARENT SUPPORT

In Enfield we have a wide range of services to help support our parents, carers or any other adults with responsibility for caring for a child.

Southgate School works in partnership with some of the services below:-

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Educational Psychology Service (EPS): www.enfield.gov.uk/7/index7.htm. CAMHS offers assessment and therapy to children and their families where there is concern about a child’s emotional or behavioural difficulties. EPS supports parents and teachers with the educational needs of children who have difficulties affecting their ability to learn. These services are accessed through referral from professionals. 

Children’s Centres: Offer a wide range of services – from health support through to parenting support - for children aged 0-5 and their parents. Children’s Centres are based in local communities. See the Children’s Services Directory (below) to find your local centre.

Children’s Services Directory: www.enfield.gov.uk. Searchable website with contact details for all services and activities for children and families. Includes a quarterly diary of parenting programmes so that you can see what’s available and how to get a place.

DAZU: www.dazu.co.uk, tel. 020 8373 2718. Provides support to young carers and after school and holiday play schemes for children with disabilities and their siblings.

Directgov: www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/index.htm. This national website can point you in the right direction for more information about parenting issues.

Enfield Parents & Children (EPC): www.enfieldparents.org.uk, tel. 020 8373 2708. Offers a range of family activities, parenting programmes and counselling. Also offers advice and support to children and families on the transition from primary to secondary school. Enfield Children’s Trust’s Promise to Parents*

Enfield Primary Care Trust (PCT): www.enfieldpct.nhs.uk/local_services/index.shtm, tel. 020 8370 8100. The PCT provides information on child health issues, plus information on how to register with a GP.

Enfield Voluntary Association and Enfield Children and Young People’s Services: www.evoice.org.uk and www.ecyps.org.uk, tel. 020 8373 2710/11. These organisations can provide you with information about the wide range of support for parents and families run by local not-for-profit organisations. They can also put you in touch with organisations who work with particular ethnic or faith communities.

Enfield’s Disability Network: tel. 020 8379 1311. Brings together parents whose children have a range of disabilities including additional medical needs. It supports parents by running coffee mornings and information meetings, enabling parents to ‘network’, to meet a variety of professionals and to influence how services are developed in Enfield.

Enfield’s Joint Service for Disabled Children: tel. 020 8379 1311. The Joint Service brings together a range of services for disabled children and young people and their families. They can give you information, support and advice to meet the additional needs of your child, including any medical needs.

Enfield’s Parent Partnership Service: www.enfieldparents.org.uk, tel. 020 8373 2700. Offers free advice, information and support to parents of children with special educational needs.

Extended Services: Extended Services offer high quality childcare from 8am-6pm in primary schools, varied after-school activities for your children, parenting support, more access to school facilities including adult learning for the community, and easy access to specialist health and other support services. All schools will be offering access to Extended Services by 2010. Contact your child’s school to find out more.

Fostering and Adoption Services: www.enfield.gov.uk/adoption/fostering/index.html, tel. 020 8379 2831 (fostering) or 020 8379 8490 (adoption). Provide information about becoming a foster carer or adoptive parent and ongoing support to carers and adopters.

Informed Families: www.enfield.gov.uk/if/, tel. 020 8482 1066. Information about childcare provision and parenting support. Includes a quarterly diary of parenting programmes so that you can see what’s available and how to get a place.

Libraries: Information on local services, activities and parenting topics will be available in print, leaflet or electronic formats in local libraries. If you haven’t yet discovered your local library phone 020 8379 1000 to find out where they are and when they are open.

London Borough of Enfield Education Welfare Service: tel. 020 8379 3745. Can provide information, advice and support if you have any concerns about your child’s attendance at school.

London Borough of Enfield Housing Services: tel. 020 8379 1000. This is the Council’s switchboard number. They will put you through to the right housing department to answer your query.

London Borough of Enfield School Admissions Service: tel. 020 8379 5501, email: enfield.school.admissions@enfield.gov.uk. Co-ordinates the admission process for children starting school for the first time and also the primary to secondary transfer process.

London Borough of Enfield Special Educational Needs (SEN) Service: tel. 020 8379 3207/3208 or email: sen@enfield.gov.uk. Advice about the assessment process and provision for pupils with SEN.

London Borough of Enfield Youth Support Service: tel. 020 8379 3432 or email: val.dyer@enfield.gov.uk. Provides a range of information, advice and support services to teenage young people and their parents/carers.

Parentline Plus: www.parentlineplus.org.uk, tel. 0808 800 2222. This is a national service offering information about different aspects of being a parent. It has a 24/7 phone service if you want to discuss any parenting issues.

Parent Support Service: tel. 0208 379 2002. Offers support and advice on a range of parenting issues.

‘Supporting Enfield’s Parents and Carers’ Strategy: www.enfield.gov.uk/parentingstrategy. This sets out in detail how the London Borough of Enfield is developing parenting support for 2008-11.

Young Parent’s Project: tel. 020 8807 4691 and Young Father’s Project, tel. 020 8373 2702: If you’re a young parent, these organisations can offer you help advice and support. They also organise social lunch clubs so you can meet other young parents.

London Borough of Enfield General Enquiries: www.enfield.gov.uk, tel. 020 8379 1000. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the numbers above, contact Enfield Council’s switchboard for more information.