Support for families

SENDIAS - Impartial special educational needs and disability (SEND) support for parents, young people and children in the Milton Keynes and the surrounding area relating to SEND issues across education, health and social care.

Parents and Carers Alliance MK: a parent forum which enables parents and carers to have their say in the way local services are planned and delivered.

Family Fund: this is a registered charity who gives grants to low-income families caring for a severely disabled child under the age of 18. 

Just the Way You Are: a parent led support group for parents of children with Down’s Syndrome.

MK Carers exists entirely to support and promote the wellbeing of family Carers. We support Carers of all ages and in different caring roles, including young Carers, parents of children with a physical or learning disability, older Carers, Carers from the black and minority ethnic community and those looking after someone with mental health problems, including depression.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Information specific to Autistic Spectrum Disorder can be found via the links below:

Autism - information for parents and carers - including information about autism, ASD training and frequently asked questions.
Autism - health

SEND Locality Meetings

We will be arranging SEND Locality Meetings when the new school year begins.

Social Communication Difficulties

This is parent training programme that has been developed to support parent/carers of children and young people who present with social communication difficulties. Each session has a different focus with a range of professionals across Milton Keynes being involved. Parents/carers are able to self-refer. You can get full details in these documents:
Understanding and managing your child's Social Communication Difficulties 2019-20 (DOC, 293KB)
Early Years SCD training 2019-20

Training sessions for parents

EarlyBird Plus leaflet (PDF, 130KB)
Healthy Minds training flyer (PDF, 126KB)
Teen Life training leaflet (PDF, 125KB)

Short Breaks

This is a scheme for children/young people who have an Educational Health Care plan (EHC) or statement. The Short Breaks Voucher scheme offers a range of activities taking place After school, in the evening or a weekend outing.  Sometimes there are opportunities for the whole family to enjoy the same activity together.

Young carers

A 'young carer' is any child or young person who is looking after somebody who has a long term illness, a physical disability or a mental health problem.

Young Carers

Last Updated: 9 July 2020