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The Complex Families programme was a local response to the national Troubled Families initiative. It has now been extended for a further 5 years and Camden are expected to identify some 2,000 families who would benefit. The inclusion criteria have been broadened from worklessness, anti-social behaviour and so on to include those with significant physical or mental-health needs.

We are now working directly with a large cohort of families with lifestyle issues. For example, we are developing tailor-made programmes on weight management and behaviour change around obesity which we are planning to roll out across Camden. Our work underpins a new approach to working with families within primary care in a more holistic way rather than simply addressing the symptoms – which, typically, tend to be presented as emergencies in A&E. We are also working with Public Health to help families manage their own health and, in discussion with the Royal Free, to extend the Pathways programme for homeless people, currently based at UCL.

If you have a family you think would benefit from the Complex Families programme:
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Affected Other's Support – CGL Some Space

Support for families/partners affected by someone else's drug and alcohol misuse

Camden Food Bank

Emergency food donated to people in need

Camden Safety Net – Domestic Violence

Support, risk assessment and referrals for male and female survivors of domestic and sexual violence

Child Safeguarding

Child safety and welfare contacts for safeguarding concerns

Complex Care Case Management

Delivering effective care for people with long-term conditions and those with complex health and social care needs

Early Homelessness Prevention Service – North London Housing Partnership

Community-based drop-in surgeries across Camden GP practices

Focus – Camden Homeless Mental Health Team

Outreach service to street homeless people and homeless people in hostels

Home-Start – Family Support

Trained volunteers offering free, weekly parenting and emotional support for those with under-5s

Homelessness: Young People

Support for young homeless people through New Horizon Youth Centre

Hopscotch Asian Women's Centre

Support services for Asian women

Housing Support Services

Advice and information on finding a home and avoiding homelessness

IRIS – Domestic Violence

Primary care training, support and referral programme on domestic violence

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Helpline for domestic violence issues

North London Partners Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service (SPMHS)

Specialist mental health services for pregnant and postnatal women

Safer Streets Team

Street-based outreach service targeting those who engage in 'street activity'

Spectrum Homelessness Day Centre

Day centre for single, homeless people

The Havens – Sexual Assault Referral Centre

For patients who have been raped or sexually assaulted in the past 12 months

Women at the Well

Women-only centre supporting complex needs, including prostitution, rough sleeping, trafficking, substance abuse