London Borough of Barnet

Parental support

Happy family - father and baby

Being a parent is one of the best jobs in the world, but it can also be one of the toughest as family life can often be challenging and demanding.

Sometimes you may feel like you want some extra help, support or advice but you don’t know which way to turn. You might want support for issues like these:

  • 'My child's behaviour is getting out of hand'
  • 'I've been a single parent for five years, and  I don’t know how I'll ever get a job'
  • I've been very depressed since my husband died and I know its affecting my children'
  • 'I have got lots of questions about being a parent'
  • 'My child has Special Educational Needs and is having problems at school'
  • 'We're always arguing at home and I want to know who else I can talk to about this'
  • 'I'm really worried about my daughter's schooling this year - her self-esteem is a problem, and I think she may be self-harming'
  • 'My partner hits me, and my children get very scared, but I don't know who to talk to'

What support is available?

  • on our Parental support courses page you will find information about a variety of specialist parenting support courses available for parents, including parents of children with - Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC)
  • working alongside Community Barnet consortium, we offer parenting courses in venues across Barnet, and in different community languages
  • the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) offer support and/or therapy to children, adolescents and their families who are experiencing a range of emotional and mental health problems and difficulties, including depression, self-harming, and behaviour problems
  • our Children's Centres offer information, advice and support for families, including support before and after the birth of a baby, learning opportunities for parents and advice on finding work
  • our Safer Families Team offer family support where conflict is a feature of family life 
  • information, advice and support is available about domestic violence and sexual violence 
  • our Family Focus teams offer key worker support for some families who are experiencing difficulties, (for example with housing, health issues, school attendance) and may be already involved with two or more agencies
  • FYi (Barnet's families and young people's information service) can provide information, advice and guidance on a range of topics including financial assistance and childcare 
  • we have specialist support for families with children who have Special Educational Needs.
    In Barnet we also have a Parent Partnership service that offers free, confidential, impartial information, guidance, advice and support for parents/carers of children with special and additional educational needs
  • and if your child needs extra support, we want to find the best way forward as soon as possible. The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a way of everyone working together which puts your family at the heart of decisions made about your child.