East Sussex School Health Service (ESSH) and East Sussex Children’s Integrated Therapies and Equipment Services (ESCITES) will continue to provide services throughout the national response to COVID-19 second wave. We understand this will be an anxious time and we would like to remind families and stakeholders how they can contact us:
East Sussex School Health Service
School Health One Point (SHOP) The front door of our service is the School Health One Point (SHOP). This is a single point of access, referral and advice open from 8.30-5 pm Monday to Friday. Stakeholders and parents/carers can use this line to discuss current or potential referrals, arrange school training or other general advice.
Text Your School Nurse
Aged 11-19? Need emotional support in these unsettling times? Our school nurses are still here to help. Text 07507 332473 to speak to a school nurse who can contact you by text, phone or video
Parents: During these unsettling times, as a parent/carer of child aged between 5-19, you may be worried about your child’s health and wellbeing and be unsure about how to get the help you need. Our school nurses are still here to help - you can text them for confidential advice and support on a wide range of issues. Parent/carers of children aged 5-19 can send a text to: 07507 332473
Virtual Drop Ins
Children and young people aged 12 to 19 can use a confidential virtual drop-in session with a school nurse every Tuesday from 3 to 5pm or every Thursday from 11am to 1pm.
East Sussex Children’s Integrated Therapies’ Services
Therapy One Point
This is a single contact point for speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy (including adaptations), specialist equipment and general enquiries, both for specific advice for children on our caseload and advice or support for those not currently accessing the service. Call 0300 123 2650 or use the centralised email for all enquires: firstname.lastname@example.org
Consultation and provision of Therapy
As a result of COVID-19, alternative methods of maintaining patient contact have been put in place. Virtual consultations can take the form of one-to-one telephone calls, multi-participant teleconferences, video consultations, group video conferences and interactive webinar sessions. Virtual consultations will be arranged with SENCOs or the child’s class teacher/INA. The child and INA/ITA will need access to a computer to take part in the virtual session. Resources will be before the session and should be brought to the session for the child.
We know not all children will be able to remain in front of a screen and take part in assessment and therapy activities in this way. In which case we will still work with the staff member to demonstrate activities and discuss the child’s programme.
Some of our services cannot be carried out virtually and will continue to be done face-to-face, particularly for children with complex needs. During any direct contact with pupils, appropriate infection control measures will be followed in accordance with the Public Health England guidance. Currently this includes wearing gloves, a disposable apron and a mask.
Are you unemployed and need support to move forward in life?
Our team helps local people access sustained work, learning and wellbeing opportunities throughout East Sussex.
Call us on 01273 516347 or email: SCDAEmployability@sussexcommunity.org.uk
We provide an accessible and confidential low -cost counselling service within the local community.
Our aim is to support adults (16+) who are feeling low, worried or distressed for many reasons including life events, physical difficulties, anxiety and stress, loneliness and isolation.
Please click here to download the self-referral form
The East Sussex Parenting Team work with parents and carers across the county to provide information, advice and support.
Open for parents (previously the Parenting Matters website) is an easy to use resource for parents (and practitioners!) who are looking for parenting advice or support in their local area. The website has useful information listed by age groups about common issues e.g. safety, nutrition, health, managing behaviour and mental health support as well as SEN/additional needs. The information will link parents to national and local sources of information and support
DROP IN DATES!
Free advice and support from your Triple P practitioner for parents and carers. These sessions are open to anyone wishing to attend!
Click here for full details
Ready, Steady, Go is a fun 8 week programme designed to work with families to help their children achieve and maintain a healthy weight with a focus on making small, achievable lifestyle changes around healthy eating and activity.
We will also cover other important lifestyle topics including sleep and screen time.
• take part in fun sessions covering healthy eating, physical activity and sleep
• lots of ideas, games and challenges
• includes cookery session
• suitable for all the family
• supported by trained staff
• 1 hour session after school for 8 weeks
Families can sign up for the next groups starting in January via the following link:
Ready, Steady, Go in East Sussex - Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust or can contact the service on 0300 123 4062 to speak to a member of the Ready, Steady, Go team for more information.
Calm Harm is a free app that helps you resist or manage the urge to self harm. You can add your own tasks and the app is private and password-protected. https://calmharm.co.uk
Struggling with anxiety? Tired of missing out? There are things you can do to stop anxiety and fear from controlling your life. https://www.anxietybc.com/resources/mindshift-app
It has been brought to our attention that some children and young people in our area have unfortunately been exposed to a viral video shared on social media containing indecent images of two children. The video has been shared on a number of platforms including Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook Live. We have received a number of reports from children and young people who have seen this footage; therefore it is highly likely that the students in your school have seen it too.
For further information, BBC News have covered the story here:
In light of the severity of this incident and the way in which viewing this material can traumatise or re-traumatise an individual, we have put together some information for additional support services that can help you to support students that have been adversely affected by this video.
Survivors Network - Supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Sussex:
YMCA WiSE Project - Supporting children and young people to stay safe in their relationships in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex and
CEOP - The National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command:
Childline - free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us:
o by calling 0800 1111
o by email
o through 1-2-1 counsellor chat
If you would like to talk to a worker at WiSE then please find all of our contact details here:
YMCA WiSE team
East Sussex County Council
Children and families – 0345 6080192
Supports around 130 children and their families on an individual basis at any one time, receiving referrals from social workers, school staff, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), doctors surgeries, and parents themselves. In addition, we run parenting groups to offer new ways of doing things and get the best from children, which provide very supportive networks for parents.
Contact: Nicola Dudley, COPES Coordinator, Action in rural Sussex, Wessex House, 212 High Street, Lewes BN7 2NH Tel: (01273) 407336 - email@example.com
Helpline open Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm. Fridays 8.30am to 4.30pm. Please leave message at other times. If you cannot call our helpline, ask
someone to call for you. We may be able to visit you at home or arrange an interpreter.
Phone: 0345 60 80 192 or text 07797 870317 - www.parentlinksussex.org.uk
Offer advice, training amd support
Phone: 01323 464 210 - EAL Team
Phone: 01323 464 215 - Traveller Education Team
Service for anyone under 19, or parents/carers who are concerned about their child's drug/alcohol use.
Phone: 01323 841470 for an appointment.
Information shop @ The Joff: 01273 583354
For advice and support with drug and alcohol issues please call or email us. You will be asked for a contact number and someone will call you back the same day.
St Mark's House, Hawks Road,
14 Upperton Road,
East Sussex BN21 1EP
Phone: 1323 464404
Woman's Refuge Project Outreach Service
Advice, support and information for women experiencing domestic violence.
Phone: 01273 firstname.lastname@example.org
Is a charity which supports women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse in Brighton & Hove and across West Sussex.
Phone: 01273 622 822
National 24 hour Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
We have a support centre located in Eastbourne and another in the city of Brighton and Hove. Contact us at email@example.com Brighton and Hove
Support anywhere else in East Sussex: 01323 642942
Address: Eastbourne, BN21 3QY
Care for the Carers
Is an independent charity which supports unpaid carers in East Sussex who look after a relative, friend or neighbour who is frail, disabled, and/or has a long term illness.
www.cftc.org.uk - 01323 738390 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Claude Nicol Centre
Drop-In clinic Thursday 3.30-5.30pm.
Phone 01273 664721 for appointment.
Peacehaven Youth Centre, The Joff. Health Drop-in. Fridays 4-7pm and Wednesdays 7-9pm.
Newhaven Youth Drop In
Community Centre, Denton Island, Newhaven. Wednesday & Thursday 4.30-6.30pm.
Contact Kay 01273 517250 - email@example.com
Marshall Lane, Newhaven. Open 9.30 to 5pm Monday to Thursday & 9.30 to 12.30 on Friday.
01273 612360 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday evening 5-7.30pm (drop-in 5-5.30pm).
01323 416100 for appointments.
Clinics on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday all day, by appointment but drop-in’s will be seen for sexual health matters.
Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.
Free Parent line: 0808 800 2222
Children's Legal Centre
Free legal advice on all aspects of the law affecting children and young people.
General enquiries: 01206 714650
Advice and information relating to bullying.
Confidential Information and advice regarding drug and alcohol abuse.
0300 123 6600
Think U Know
Website run by The Child Exploitation and Protection Centre (CEOP) Information and advice for parents. Internet abuse or concerns can be reported here. Always call 999 if you think someone is in danger.
Offers a range of services which gives women and children access to professional support in relation to domestic violence regardless of their situation.
0808 2000 247 (24hr helpline) - www.refuge.org.uk
Men's Advice Line
Is a confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner. This includes all men - in heterosexual or same-sex prelationships. Their focus is to increase the safety of men experiencing domestic violence (and the safety of their children) and reduce the risk.
www.rnensadviceline.org.uk - 0808 801 0327 - email@example.com