Children and Families

About Children and Families

Childs drawing of family.

Midlothian Council is committed to making sure Midlothian's children and young people have the best possible start in life, and are given opportunities to realise their full potential. 

We do this by supporting every child and young person  to be safe, healthy, achieving, active, respected, responsible, and included, the key aims of 'Getting it Right for Every Child'.   

We are committed to working closely with children, young people, their families and partner agencies, to provide the support they need, maintaining children and young people in mainstream schooling and in their communities, where possible.

The services provided range from supporting families and protecting children when this is required, to assisting families affected by disability, and providing educational support for children and young people aged 0 - 19 who experience barriers to learning and so have additional support needs.

We do this through:

Our Fieldwork Teams

  • 2 Locality Teams made up of social workers, family support workers, education welfare officers, educational psychologists, behaviour, learning support and Homelink teachers. They provide support to families and integrated educational support to children and young people with additional support needs in their schools and families, working with colleagues from other agencies
  • A team which provides support and respite provision to children and their families who are affected by disability

Our Resources Section

  • A Children's Centre - Hawthorn - which supports children and families in their early years.
  • We provide 3 residential homes for young people in Penicuik, Gorebridge and Dalkeith - which provide accommodation for young people who are unable to live with their families
  • A Family Placement Team which provides adoption and fostering services for children who are unable to live with their families
  • A Throughcare and Aftercare Team which supports young people who are moving to independent living, from care situation, and to young people who have left care and still require support.
  • The Top Service, which works with the six secondary schools to provide targeted support for secondary aged young people who are vulnerable because of their social and emotional needs.

Our Educational Support Teams

The Disabilities and Specialist Teaching Team, which provides specialist teaching support for children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders, hearing impairment, English as an additional language, Gypsy Travellers, young children with more complex additional support needs  

The Educational Psychology Service which has an advisory role within the council, offering support to children and young people, their families and their carers, school staff and others working with children and young people.

Children and Families

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11 St Andrew Street
EH22 1AL

0131 271 3860 (tel)

Emergency Social Work Service

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0800 731 6969 (tel)