Bullying Support

National bullying helplines and support:

Childline: 0800 1111 – 24 hour phone line, or website


YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: text YM to 85258 – 24-hour


YoungMinds Parents Helpline: free on 0808 802 5544 from 9:30am - 4pm, Mon. – Fri. For detailed advice, emotional support and signposting about a child or young person up to the age of 25.


Shout: Text CONNECT to 85258 - 24-hour text support.


Samaritans: - 24-hour telephone support 


Education Support Partnership: - 24-hour telephone support 


The MIX: Offers support to anyone under 25 about anything that’s troubling them. Email support available via their online contact form. Free 1-2-1 webchat service available. Free short-term counselling service available. Phone: 0808 808 4994 Opening times: 4pm - 11pm, seven days a week.


Kooth: - online support and counselling

Disability Support


The ability to communicate is fundamental to a basic quality of life, yet for many people effective communication is difficult because of a physical impairment, language disorder or learning disability. We work with people of all ages who face such challenges.

Autism Sussex

The general philosophy of autism Sussex is to provide a safe base for people with autistic spectrum conditions, where their special needs are recognised and from which they may take full advantage of community opportunities.


BILD is the British Institute of Learning Disabilities. Founded in 1971, we celebrated our 40th birthday last year.

Care for the Carers

Care for the Carers is an independent charity which supports unpaid carers in East Sussex who look after a relative.

Contact a family

Contact a Family is the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability.

Disability Rights UK

We are disabled people leading change, working to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens.

Downs Syndrome Association

Providing information and support on ALL aspects of living with Down's syndrome to ALL who need it.

Epilepsy Action

We exist to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy.


Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order.


Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.


We work with disabled people and their families. We offer practical support – from information services to education and everyday care.

The National Autistic Society

We are the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.


Unique is a source of information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome disorder and to the professionals who work with them.

Educational Support

BBC Education

The home for all learning on the BBC.

DOE Statistics

School & Local Statistics

Our vision is for a highly educated society in which opportunity is more equal for children and young people no matter what their background or family circumstances.


Discovery Education Espresso is the video-rich, cross-curricular service that has won multiple awards.


Award winning Mathletics is the next generation in learning, helping students enjoy maths and improve their results. Mathletics covers all UK national currcula from KS1-5 including the Curriculum for Excellence.


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. We report directly to Parliament and we are independent and impartial.


Your Views on your Child's School

Parent Info

Parent Info is promoted by the Department for Education and provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience including e-safety.


Widgit believes that no matter what your level of reading, you should have fair and equal access to information.

General Information

The place to explore all the options.


Your life. Your East Sussex.


The children's bowl and bladder charity gives clinically approved information and resources to help with potty training and children's bowel and bladder conditions.

The best place to find government services and information.

NHS Healthy Eating

Find out how simple changes can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle.

NHS Healthier Families

The new home of Change4Life. We have a new name and look, but don't worry – we're still here to help you and your family eat better and move more.

NHS Vaccinations

It's important that vaccines are given on time for the best protection, but if you or your child missed a vaccine, contact your GP to catch up.

Special needs uk

Information for parents about St Mary's School and College.

Special needs guide

Information for parents about St Mary's School and College.

Supported Employment Forum

The East Sussex Supported Employment Forum is the strategic body for supported employment, with the key aim of ensuring all young people with special educational needs, adults with a learning disability and autistic people in East Sussex have the opportunity to secure meaningful paid employment.

The Sleep Charity

Whether it’s advice, education or support for children, teenagers, adults, workplaces or professionals, we are on hand with expert knowledge and resources.


St Mary's School and College, Bexhill YouTube Channel containing information and training videos created by staff.

Mental Health


Allsorts Youth Project listens to, connects & supports children & young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity (LGBT+) and their families.


Amaze is here to support families that include a child or young person with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) across Sussex. We work with parent carers and with children and young people with SEND.

Calm Zone 

Childline resources page for parents to support a child or young person with activities such as yoga, breathing exercises and games.

Chat Health 

A confidential text-messaging service for people in education aged 11-19 years, offering advice and support about health related issues including social, emotional and mental health. 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

We provide children and young people’s mental health services across Sussex and Hampshire. Referrals to the service must be made my a parent/carer or professional working with the child to the East Sussex Single Point of Advice (SPoA) 

Dragonflies CYP Bereavement Support 

Dragonflies offers free support to children aged 0-18 years old and their families who are experiencing pre or post bereavement. To make a referral please complete the Dragonflies Referral Form

E-motion online counselling 

A free online counselling project for young people aged 12-18 years who live in East Sussex.

East Sussex Young Carers 

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.  

Education Futures Trust (EFT)

Supports children and families in Hastings and Rye with emotional wellbeing issues, offering programmes such as Forest School, Incredible Years Parenting Courses and much more.

Eggtooth Therapy & Counselling 

Talking therapy and counselling sessions are available to anyone who would like confidential mental health support. Sessions are offered online, over the phone, or face-to-face.


Evidence-based, tailor made support, counselling and free courses for parent and school support.


Supports young people with issues relating to emotional and mental wellbeing, jobs, education and housing. Young people can self-refer to i-rock.

Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability (ISEND) services

ISEND services support children and young people with a wide range of additional and special educational needs, including behavioural and mental health.The majority of services only accept referrals from schools.

One You East Sussex 

The county's free healthy lifestyle service for residents. All services are free and based in various locations across East Sussex. Services include stop smoking, NHS health checks, coaching and mental health first aid training.

Open for Parents 

A free service that offers workshops, discussion groups, resources and a weekly. Parents and carers can self-refer.

School Health Service

A team of public health practitioners, led by school nurses, who work with children, young people and families in East Sussex. 

Single Point of Advice (SPoA) 

Advises practitioners and other professionals with concerns about immediate risks to a child or young person, or any concerns reaching Level 3 or 4 on the Continuum of Need. For out of hours queries, contact the Emergency Duty Service.

Sussex Community Rail Partnership

Support for children and young people to travel independently by train, particularly those facing additional challenges such as special educational needs or disabilities.

Sussex Prisoners' Families 

Support and advice for children, young people and families who have a relative in prison. Also offers training for professionals on awareness of related issues.

Sussex Recovery College

Offers educational courses about mental health and recovery which are designed to increase knowledge and skills and promote self-management.

The Youth Counselling Project 

Free counselling sessions within some Seaford schools, accessed through school staff. 

Young Minds

Support for parents who are concerned about their child’s mental health. You can speak to a trained advisor Monday-Friday, 09.30am – 4pm: Call: 0808 802 5544 

YMCA Dialogue 

Offers counselling, advice, mental health support and other wellbeing services to children, young people and families. 

Online Safety

Please see below some useful top tips for Parents/Carers:

  • Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to.
  • Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
  • Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam).
  • Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends.
  • If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it.
  • Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images and one day a future employer could!
  • If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them.
  • It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film.
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
  • Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Teach your child how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.
  • The NSPCC are supporting young people and their families to discuss online safety, teaming up with the Lego Group to promote "Build & Talk" activities. Click HERE to access their website.

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SEND Transition into Post 16 Guide for parents / carers

Over the last 6 months we have been developing a SEND resource to support parents and carers navigate the planning and preparation for the transition from school into post 16 for their child from year 9 onwards.

We are excited and pleased to launch the e-booklet ‘SEND transition into post 16 guidance for parents and carers’ which has been co-produced by stakeholders and parents and carers at East Sussex schools.

Printed versions will be available and sent to all schools in the next few weeks, along with leaflets with a QR code. A PDF version of the booklet and leaflet can be printed from Careers East Sussex.

Please see the PageTiger version of the booklet.

Sign Language


St Mary's School and College, Bexhill YouTube Channel containing information and training videos created by staff.