Parents / carers and families

useful resources

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A general resource including Education, Community, Children and Families, Adult Social Care and Health.

ESCC youth service support for ages 11-19 you can use this confidential service when:

  • You need advice or support about the following: sexual and mental health, drugs and alcohol issues, knife crime, family and relationships.

East Sussex Targeted Youth Support (TYS) Service

If you’re aged 11-19 you can use this confidential service when:

You need advice or support about lots of things: sexual and mental health, drugs and alcohol issues, family and relationships, training and education, money

Life is difficult for you, and you need a TYS worker to spend time with you and maybe your family (if you choose) to help you find ways to sort things out

You’d like to find out about free activities, sport, groups and courses in your area.

Mental health issues

Mindfulness and meditation

Helping children with disappointment during isolation

I-Rock is an emotional health and wellbeing service for 14 – 25’s:  irock in normal circumstances is an emotional health and wellbeing drop in service for Young People based in Hastings, Eastbourne and Newhaven but during COVID they are doing a lot on Instagram  feeds and offering  1:1 video counselling time which Young People can book via their facebook page.  

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.

“Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, we’re taking action to prevent the crisis”.

They offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need.

Signs to look out for that you’re struggling to cope and it might help to talk to someone.

  • Lacking energy or feeling tired
  • Feeling exhausted all the time
  • Experiencing ‘brain fog’, find it hard to think clearly
  • Finding it hard to concentrate
  • Feeling restless and agitated
  • Feeling tearful, wanting to cry all the time
  • Not wanting to talk to or be with people
  • Not wanting to do things you usually enjoy
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope with feelings
  • Finding it hard to cope with everyday things and tasks
  • Experiencing ‘burn out’

Confidential domestic abuse support service for East Sussex, advice for people affected by Domestic Violence and their families

Guidance and signposting for survivors of domestic abuse who need help with recovering.

To live in a society where challenging domestic abuse is at the top of the agenda & its impact on individuals and communities is fully recognised. The website lists help lines.

Free rail travel to refuges for domestic abuse victims during lock down


Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.

Self-harm support

Eating disorder support during coronavirus

This group is for East Sussex Parent and Carers of children and young people having difficulties accessing appropriate education, including special educational needs and disabilities. 


Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information, Advice and Support Service for East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

Care For The Carers | Caring For Carers in Sussex

Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Group


East Space 1 Space logo

1Space is a directory of care, support and wellbeing services mainly for adults. 

Clued up

What’s Clued up all about? What are we? Well for a start we are a shop on the high street that doesn’t sell anything! Our service is FREE and it’s just for young people between the ages of 11 and 25. You can come to us for information, advice and support, for just about anything!

Mood spark

A place where young people aged 10-16 can learn how to look after their emotional and mental health and find ways to help them bounce back when life gets tough.

Imago logo

East Sussex Young Carers provided by Imago funded by East Sussex County Council, supports Young Carers aged 5-18 who are responsible for caring for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse issues.  



Speak out sussex

Our advocates work with children and young people who have an East Sussex County Council social worker. This means we can help the young people and children have their voice heard. We make sure their views, wishes and feelings are taken into account. Our Independent Visitor volunteers support children who are looked after by East Sussex County council. We organise monthly visits, fun activities and days out for the young people. We meet children and young people in the community. This might be at home, school, college or at a cafe.

Relate logo

There are all sorts of reasons why you might want a bit of extra help from Relate. Things might be worrying you at home or at school, or you might need help and advice with your own relationship.