London Borough of Barnet

Children, young people and families news

Council reviews early years support for under 5s

Published on Monday 21 July 2014

Barnet Council is asking for residents' views on proposed changes to improve its early years' services and make the savings required in 2015/16.

Barnet sweeps the board in anti-smoking film awards

Published on Tuesday 8 July 2014

It was a night of success for Barnet children and young people as three of their short films received five coveted film awards at BAFTA HQ.

Barnet has the fourth lowest NEETs number in England

Published on Thursday 12 June 2014

Department for Education figures show Barnet has the fourth lowest number of NEETs* in the country.

Barnet schools perform to the BEAT

Published on Tuesday 10 June 2014

An arts venue will be filled with the sound of music this month as more than 2,000 children come together to take part in Barnet Schools’ Music Festival.

Carers invited to special show about fostering

Published on Monday 28 April 2014

Barnet foster carers are being treated to a special performance of the play ‘All I’ve known’ by the Chickenshed Theatre Company on Thursday 15 May at the artsdepotin North Finchley.

Applications for primary school places at record high

Published on Thursday 17 April 2014

Barnet Council has received more applications for primary school places than ever before.

Free taster sport sessions now available

Published on Friday 4 April 2014

With the summer just around the corner, young people across Barnet can take part in a series of free and open sessions that have been set up by Barnet Council, together with local sports clubs.

Six of the best - face lifts underway for Barnet play areas

Published on Tuesday 25 March 2014

As the days are getting longer, projects worth more than £500,000 are set to get underway to refurbish six parks and children’s play areas across Barnet.

Winners of the Barnet UKYP elections announced

Published on Monday 17 March 2014

The winners of the 2014 Barnet UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) have been announced.

Northway Gardens needs you

Published on Thursday 13 March 2014

The Friends of Northway Gardens have issued a call to arms for the local community to help them spruce up the park in time for the work to officially begin on its redevelopment.

Barnet annual Careers Fair points way ahead to employment

Published on Tuesday 11 March 2014

If a career in working with children and young people appeals, then don’t forget this year’s Jobs and Careers Fair.

Barnet students up in the dock

Published on Friday 7 March 2014

Barnet students will go on trial at Willesden Magistrates’ Court this weekend – but it’s all in a good cause.

A secondary school place for every on-time application

Published on Tuesday 4 March 2014

Every pupil who applied on time for a secondary school place in Barnet has received the offer of a place.

38 young candidates stand up to be counted

Published on Tuesday 25 February 2014

38 young people across Barnet are ready to compete for four prestigious roles in the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) Elections which take place between 24th February until 7th March 2014.

Bestselling children’s author to visit local school

Published on Monday 27 January 2014

Author of the bestselling Gods and Warriors series, Michelle Paver, will be visiting Barnet students on Thursday 27 February 2014.

New sponsor announced for Millbrook Park School

Published on Friday 24 January 2014

A proposal to operate a new primary school currently under construction in Mill Hill East is expected to be approved by the Schools Minister this month.

Disused playing fields to be brought back into public use

Published on Tuesday 17 December 2013

Two free schools in Barnet look set to bring disused playing fields back into public use after two decisions at Barnet Council’s Cabinet Resources Committee last night (16 December).

Young people take over Barnet Council

Published on Friday 15 November 2013

The Barnet Youth Board and the UK Youth Parliament have invited other young people to ‘takeover’ Barnet Council on 22nd November at North London Business Park.

Platforms programme makes a difference to 350 young people’s lives

Published on Monday 19 August 2013

One year on since its launch, Barnet Council’s Platforms Programme has helped hundreds of young people gain a foothold into the world of work.

Parents’ views on childcare sought

Published on Thursday 15 August 2013

Parents are being asked about their childcare needs as part of a borough wide review.

Early support scheme receives £2m funding boost

Published on Tuesday 30 July 2013

A range of services aimed at supporting children from birth to 19 have been launched with Barnet Council funding.

Directme – The summer solution

Published on Friday 19 July 2013

From martial arts for toddlers, volleyball for young people and musical theatre for adults, Directme’s got it all.

Barnet Council Celebrates Young People’s Success

Published on Thursday 11 July 2013

Young people who’ve taken part in Barnet Council’s successful Platforms Programme or Apprenticeship Club have been congratulated at a recent Celebration Event.

Bumper summer of fun on offer to young people in Barnet

Published on Tuesday 9 July 2013

Barnet’s Council’s Youth and Community Service are co-ordinating another action packed summer of courses for young people in Barnet.

Apprenticeship boost for 16-18 year olds

Published on Friday 21 June 2013

Barnet’s young people are being given a welcome boost thanks to a new scheme aimed at increasing the number of apprenticeships on offer.

Long term foster carers needed

Published on Monday 13 May 2013

This week sees the start of Foster Care Fortnight, an annual campaign aimed at highlighting the urgent need for more foster carers.

Free film screening to mark International Women’s Day

Published on Monday 4 March 2013

Residents are being invited to mark International Women’s Day during a special talk and film screening on Friday 8 March 2013.

Council helps young residents into work by extending successful support programme

Published on Thursday 28 February 2013

Barnet Council is extending its support to help young people into work by reinvesting in the most successful elements of its ‘Platforms’ programme.

Council agrees sale of Stanley Road playing fields to Archer Academy

Published on Tuesday 26 February 2013

Barnet Council’s Cabinet Resources Committee last night approved the sale of Stanley Road playing fields in East Finchley to The Archer Academy.

Council offers young people the chance to learn about Apprenticeships

Published on Friday 15 February 2013

Barnet Council’s recent Hub Day gave local young people the opportunity to improve their chances of getting an apprenticeship.

Open evening offers information on expeditions with Barnet’s Youth and Community

Published on Wednesday 13 February 2013

Barnet’s young people who want to find out more about future opportunities will have the opportunity soon at the Barnet’s Youth and Community Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award programme.

Council submits plans for Mill Hill East Primary and five school expansions

Published on Tuesday 5 February 2013

Barnet Council has submitted planning applications for six primary schools across the borough.

Calling Barnet’s young people – your borough needs you!

Published on Wednesday 9 January 2013

Young Barnet residents looking to get into politics this year have until 16 January to send in their applications to represent their borough in the UK Youth Parliament.

Barnet Youth Shield wins London Safeguarding Children Award

Published on Wednesday 12 December 2012

A project led by young people to raise awareness about issues which threaten their safety has won the prestigious London Safeguarding Children Award.

Onwards and Upwards, new service launched for young people leaving care

Published on Monday 10 December 2012

A new service aimed at helping young people leaving care lead more independent lives has been launched in Barnet.

Member of Youth Parliament for Barnet to debate in Commons Chamber

Published on Monday 19 November 2012

Sogand Shaker, 17, from Barnet will join over 300 elected members of Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on 23 November, to decide the UK Youth Parliament’s priority campaign.

Council advises schools on use of former library building

Published on Thursday 11 October 2012

Barnet Council has written to schools in the vicinity of the former Friern Barnet library building advising them of the Council's concerns about children attending events within the premises.

Film aims to encourage more people to foster teenagers

Published on Tuesday 9 October 2012

Deciding that a child or young person shouldn’t live with their family is never easy or clear cut. Neither is the decision to become a foster carer.

Cream of Barnet’s sporting crop recognised in school awards

Published on Thursday 20 September 2012

The best sporting talent from Barnet schools have been celebrated at the 2012 Barnet School Sport Awards.

19 new classes to cope with primary school demand in Barnet

Published on Thursday 6 September 2012

All reception class children whose parents applied for a Barnet school place by January’s deadline have been offered a place in a school, confirms the Council Leader, Councillor Richard Cornelius.

Young people make a splash

Published on Tuesday 14 August 2012

Hot on the heels of Team GB’s success on the water, Barnet Council’s Youth Support Service is helping young people try their hand at canoeing on the Welsh Harp Reservoir.

Barnet Youth Offenders dig deep

Published on Thursday 9 August 2012

Two unused flowerbeds have been given a new lease of life thanks to the hard work of Barnet’s Youth Offending Team.

Cabinet agrees new funding formula for Children’s Centres

Published on Wednesday 18 July 2012

A new funding allocation scheme for Barnet’s Children’s Centres, which will see those families most in need receiving additional activities and services, was agreed last night (17 July).

£4.5 million borough investment package approved by Cabinet

Published on Thursday 21 June 2012

Barnet Council has agreed to a £4.5 million investment strategy aimed at helping the local economy by improving roads and pavements and supporting younger residents not in employment, education or training.

You’re Hired: Barnet Council announces £1million apprenticeship and employment fund to help Barnet’s businesses and young people

Published on Tuesday 29 May 2012

Barnet Council has announced proposals for £1 million Barnet Skills, Employment and Enterprise Action Plan aimed at supporting 16-24 year old residents.

New domestic abuse service launched in Barnet

Published on Tuesday 22 May 2012

Barnet Council has launched a new service to tackle domestic abuse in the borough.

Wanted: compassionate foster carers for local children

Published on Thursday 17 May 2012

Thinking about becoming a foster carer? Then now is a great time to find out more with Barnet Council’s upcoming fostering information evening on Tuesday 29 May.

Barnet children sweep the board in junior chess championships

Published on Thursday 17 May 2012

Barnet is officially the best at chess in England and Wales, thanks to some of our youngest and brightest chess stars at a recent championship.

Funding Proposals for Children’s Centres

Published on Thursday 10 May 2012

Parents, carers and childcare professionals are being consulted on proposed changes to the funding allocation for Barnet’s Children’s Centres.

Chefs of the future get off to a frying start

Published on Wednesday 14 March 2012

A cooking course which gives young people a taster of what it’s like to work in a professional kitchen has been launched by Barnet Council.

UK Youth Parliament Election Results

Published on Tuesday 13 March 2012

Barnet’s new UK Youth Parliament Members and Deputy Members were announced at a special results evening held at the North London Business Park last night.

Barnet Council backs Barnardo’s ‘Cut Them Free’ campaign

Published on Tuesday 13 March 2012

Barnet Council has announced it is backing Barnardo’s efforts to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Let your career working with children and young people take off

Published on Tuesday 6 March 2012

The Royal Airforce (RAF) Museum in Hendon is once again playing host to Barnet’s annual Jobs and Careers Fair.

Council welcomes government's support to troubled family programme

Published on Monday 19 December 2011

Barnet Council’s Cabinet member for Education, Children and Families has welcomed the government’s announcement that it is to give extra support for the country’s most troubled families.