COVID-19 Update

Early Help Services in Barnet recognise that many families will continue to need help and support, particularly while children are spending more time at home. We are working hard to ensure that we continue to deliver some 0-19 Early Help Services, albeit in a different way.

We have needed to cease group activities for the time being but we are working with our providers to develop online access to activities where possible. We will update our webpage when these are available. www.barnet.gov.uk/0-19 and www.barnetyouth.uk

KOOTH Support

C​​hildren and Young People can access free, online mental health support 365 days a year! 

Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people. 

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon-10pm on weekdays and 6pm-10pm on weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. outside counselling hours' young people can message our team and get support by the next day. 

When students register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards. All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated. 

To find out more visit www.Kooth.com where young people can register and others can find out more about the services.

My Say Matters

Barnet Family Service is developing a new strategy called My Say Matters because we want children and young people to not just have a say, but to be listened to.

Duke of Edinburgh

Take part in your Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award with Barnet Today!

BACE Holidays

BACE Holidays this WINTER! Available to those eligible for free school meals.

Become a Provider for Barnet Youth

Applications are open to become a provider to deliver holiday and term time activities for Barnet Youth.

Helping children back to school

It’s been a challenging year for children and young people which is why it’s so important that we so what we can to help support their mental health and wellbeing as they return to the classroom on 8 March.

A new film showcases the young artists behind our Brent Cross mural

GCSE and A-Level students from Whitefield School, Brent Cross, have designed a mural that will run along the hoardings near Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Barnet's 0-19 Early Help Service

All families face challenges and sometimes need support. Early Help is about providing this support as soon as possible to tackle difficulties for children, young people and families before they become more serious. We work with the whole family and the child / young person is at the centre of all we do.

Working with partners, Barnet’s 0-19 Service provides help and support to families, children and young people up to the age of 19 (or 25 with a disability).

Barnet Integrated Clinical Service (BICS)

BICS offers mild to moderate mental health support to children, young people and families within Barnet. We see children, young people and families in schools, in the community, social care and youth offending settings. For more information call 07926 085495 or visit www.barnet.gov.uk/young-peoplesmental-health-and-well-being

*If you would like to refer someone to BICS you should fill in the Universal Plus Form on the Barnet website: wwc.barnet.gov.uk/wwc/working-children-barnet/practitioner-guidance/children-family-and-young-people-hubs-0-19/how Please click ‘Universal Plus form’ – halfway down the page


Social media stars promote mental wellbeing service for young people #DontDoItAlone

Mental health is not something you should have to deal with alone. In support of Children's Mental Health Week, influencers Chunkz, Amelia Dimz, Jax Jones, Joy Crookes and Riyadh Khalaf have a message for young people who may be finding it hard to cope. Watch their video here.

Kooth.com is a free, safe and anonymous online platform for 11-25 year olds to get support with their mental health, through peer support groups, counselling and/or blogging.

Term Time & Holiday Activities

Over 165 term time and holiday programmes were delivered to young people aged 0-19 across the Borough of Barnet last year. 

Young people have the chance to engage, learn and develop new skills amongst a variety of activities and courses such as Water Sports, Lego Animation, Nail Art & Skateboarding. Start your own business, look after Horses, Steel Pans, Keyboard, Guitar. Or take up  Multisports, Dance, Music, Radio and Recording production sessions in Rithmik Studios. The list is endless. Go to Courses to find out more!