Children and Families Practice - Central

The Children and Families Practice (CFP) Central is made up of a team of experienced staff with a range of knowledge and skills in early help and family-based support and advice. Our aim is to ensure that children – up to the age of 19 years old – and their families receive support tailored to their needs.

Contact tel. 01908 252696

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub tel. 01908 253169

Our team is located in the heart of the community ensuring that the following services are easily accessible
for all those who live locally:

  • Children and Families Practice
  • Children’s Centres
  • Youth Provision
  • Specialist Teachers

We have effective links with partner organisations, working closely to ensure that we co-ordinate advice and signpost families to the most appropriate services. These organisations include:

  • Schools, children’s centres and day nurseries;
  • Youth Provision and Connexions
  • Health services;
  • Housing;
  • Children’s Social Care;
  • Police;
  • Youth offending and probation services; and
  • community and voluntary groups.

We provide practical advice and support, and access to training; work to develop and maintain positive family relationships; and support in helping to ensure that children do well in school and maintain good attendance.


Children’s Centres
Children’s centres in Milton Keynes are open to all families with children under five years old, offering fun activities to help with child development, childcare and education, health services and family support.

Our aim is to work with parents/carers and other agencies to help ensure that every child is given the best possible start in life. Some of the services we offer include: Stay and Play sessions, supporting children’s development; pre-school and childcare advice; antenatal, post natal and parenting support, including breast feeding advice, child behaviour management and lifestyle advice; financial budgeting advice; and support with finding employment, training or housing.

There are eight children’s centres in Milton Keynes North. To find your nearest centre, visit http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/children-young-people-families/early-years-and-childcare/information-for-parents/children-s-centres

Youth Provision
Milton Keynes Council works with young people aged 11-25 to support them in their journey to adulthood. A range of services and activities are provided to help improve young people’s well-being and life chances, including:

  • enabling young people to contribute to society through volunteering and giving young people the opportunity to voice their opinions on decisions that affect them;
  • sports, arts and music activities, which can develop a sense of belonging and develop relationships with their peers;
  • development of personal and social skills, enhancing the qualities they will need for learning and work;
  • improving young people’s physical, mental and emotional well-being through targeted advice and support;
  • support for those at risk of dropping out of higher education or not achieving their full potential and raising a young person’s aspirations;
  • challenging risky behaviours – such as substance abuse and involvement in crime and working; supporting teenage parents.


There are two youth centres in Milton Keynes North. To find out more, visit www.mysaymk.com.


Specialist Teachers
The Specialist Teaching Team in Milton Keynes North works in partnership with schools, day nurseries and children’s centres, parents/carers, and other agencies to meet the diverse needs of children and young people aged 0-19 with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities.

The aim of the Specialist Teaching Team is to support inclusion of children with SEN and disabilities and facilitate the partnership between schools, early years providers, parents/carers and children in assessing and understanding how best to achieve their aspirations and raise attainment.

There are four teams of specialist teachers and teaching assistants with specialist expertise, knowledge and qualifications in their area; these include:

  • Learning and Cognition / Physical for children with moderate or special learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia and/or physical difficulties);
  • Communication and Interaction for children who have difficulties with one, some or all areas of speech, language and communication;
  • Behavioural, Emotional and Social for children with difficulties with their behaviour, emotional expression and/or social interaction;
  • Sensory for children with visual, hearing or multi-sensory impairments.


In addition, there are specialist ICT teachers who advise and support the use of specialist equipment for all the above areas.

The Specialist Teaching Team also works with partners to provide training and development opportunities, advice for transition between schools / early years providers, and direct work with individuals or groups of children.

Last Updated: 13 August 2018