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Family Service (Families in Focus)

  • Works with child / young people aged 4 - 16 years old and their families
  • Eligibility is per the Camden threshold for need for Early Help which includes children who are vulnerable to poor outcomes and need additional support to overcome difficulties and prevent escalation of need
  • Interventions average from 3 – 18 months depending on level of need with a focus on clear and sustainable exit strategies
  • The universal service provided by FIF incudes: monthly family trips on Saturdays, monthly fathers and male carers trips and parenting programmes (open to any family in the borough)
  • Family holiday programmes (catchment specific)
  • Help with improving family relationships and communication
  • Evidence based parenting programmes
  • There are Families in Focus offices in the community based in King's Cross, Somerstown and Swiss Cottage

Contact details

Contact Name
Ms Elaine Dunning
Contact Position
Family Service Manager
020 7974 1320 / 020 7974 8926


Activity location
Offices based in the Ampthill Square Tenants' Hall, Barnby Street, NW1; Ossulston Street Tenants' Hall, Ossulston Street, NW1; Somers Town Community Centre, 150 Ossulston Street, NW1; and 51 Argyle Street, WC1; The Winch, NW3.
London Borough of Camden
9th Floor, 5 Pancras Square
Judd Street

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Office hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Some after hours and weekend services are provided.
Opening times (visits)
9am-6pm, outside of these times in exceptional circumstances.


No charge but some activities geographically restricted and may require proof of address.

Further details

Parent Body
Led by Camden Council Children, Schools and Families Directorate. A multi-agency collaboration between Camden Council, the police and the local community.
Client Group
Children 4-16 years and their families.
Catchment Area
For children and young people and their families living in and near to Ampthill Square, Mayford, Ossulston Street, Cromer Street, Cubitt Street, Chalcot Towers, Rowley Way and Mortimer Crescent estates.
Capacity or waiting list
Urgent referrals seen immediately. 2-4 week waiting period for non-urgent cases.
Referrals Policy
Self-referrals and referrals from other Council departments and external agencies accepted. Children's workers wanting to make a referral to this service should use the e-Enabled Common Assessment Framework (eCAF) form.
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