Are you 16 or 17 years old and homeless or at risk of being homeless? Click here to download a leaflet which explains how Barnet Council’s Family Services and Barnet Homes can help.

Relationship breakdown and leaving home

If you are experiencing a relationship breakdown and have been asked to leave the family home, find out about services that could provide practical advice and help find accommodation.

If you are having issues at home

Leaving home is a major decision that will give you many responsibilities you probably have not dealt with before. Leaving home without careful planning beforehand can easily leave
you homeless. If you feel that you must leave home immediately, for example due to violence or abuse, you should seek assistance right away.

Childline is a free helpline for children and young people. Call 0800 1111.

Call 020 3874 5003 for Solace Women’s Aid Barnet. The service is available to women over 16 years old who have been victim to domestic abuse. They offer advocacy, support, counselling, and family services. They also coordinate refuge accommodation.

Shelter can provide advice over the phone on 0808 800 4444 or at a local advice centre. They can also help you find somewhere to stay if you are in need of shelter urgently.

New Horizon Youth Centre can provide referrals to accommodation, employment and training support, advice, and family mediation services.
Tel: 020 7388 5560
Address: 68 Chalton St NW1 1JR

Applying to Barnet Homes for assistance

You can approach our Housing Options service for assistance if you are unable to stay in your home. We will give you advice about finding somewhere to live and may make referrals to other organisations. We will open a homelessness application for you, and if you are eligible for assistance and are homeless or threatened with homelessness within 56 days you will be helped by one of your frontline teams. If you qualify for assistance with rehousing, we may provide emergency accommodation and we can help you move to a property in the private rented sector. Phone Housing Options on 020 8610 3539 for advice and assistance.

We have specialist officers who work with young people and their parents/carers to help them talk about the problems they are having at home. Providing there is no risk of harm, our aim is to help the whole family come to an agreement that allows the young person to remain in the family home.

Other services that can help

Outreach Barnet | 0203 115 1185
Short-term support for housing-related support needs.
Referral form:

Reconnect Project (Depaul Charity) | 0207 939 1220
Family mediation services for young people 16-25 years old.

Alone in London (Depaul Charity) | 020 7278 4224
Referrals to accommodation, counselling, training and employment support.

Nightstop (Depaul Charity) | 0776 788 2881
Emergency overnight accommodation.

5E Employment Training & Support | 0208 352 5656
Employment support, employability and study programmes for young persons.

Shelter | 0808 252 7645 (emergency) 0808 163 1462 (non-emergency)
Housing and homelessness advice charity, helping with homelessness, evictions, private renting, benefits and more.

Homeless Action Barnet | 0208 446 8400
Day shelter services, advice and information, and links to night shelters.
Address: 36B Woodhouse Road N12 0RG
Hours: 9:00-15:00 Monday to Friday

Homestart Barnet | 0208 371 0674
Family support services.

Stonewall Housing | 0207 359 6242
Supported accommodation for LGBT individuals.

Gingerbread | 0808 802 0925
Employment support and family advice service for single parents.


Family Lives | 0808 800 2222