Barnet Mencap’s Children’s Services

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Advice, information and guidance for parent carers of children and young people 0-18 with additional needs. This includes:

  • help to access disability benefits and make applications
  • help to access services and information
  • support writing letters and much more

Services available

  • Parenting Programmes and workshops to discuss parenting strategies and meet other parents.
  • Open Door Project offers information advice and guidance for families of under 5s with additional needs and family play events during holidays.
  • Short Break service, Take a Break offers 1:1 support either in the child’s home or in the community and group activities in the holidays. This is for children who are eligible for Short Breaks funding or can be paid for privately.

Eligibility criteria


  • children 0-18 with a learning disability, autism or ADHD and their families (children don’t need to have a diagnosis)
  • resident of Barnet

Open Door Service

  • for families with children under five, this service accepts referrals for children with any additional need


  • families who don’t live in Barnet

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs,

Editable PDF / Word document Download Form

Referral methods: Email

Complete the referral form and email to or refer by telephone.

t:  020 8349 3842

Anyone can self-refer or refer for somebody else using the form (see attached or use link) and emailing it to email to or by calling.

t: 020 8349 3842


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