Sussex Young Witness Service (YWS) is a specialist service in supporting children and young people aged 18 and under who are required to give evidence in a Crown Court trial. YWS have specialist trained caseworkers, volunteers and staff who are able to work with children and young people requiring support during any part of the criminal justice process. Our service is confidential and free.
YWS supports young witnesses, their families, social workers, keyworkers and friends. In addition, YWS provide home visits, pre-court visits, support on the day of the trial and post- trial support and assistance with Criminal Injuries Compensation applications.
If you require support at Crown Court or any further information please do not hesitate to contact YWS.
YMCA WiSE works across Brighton and Hove and East Sussex to support children and young people to stay safe in their relationships. We can provide support to children and young people up to the age of 25 who need and want our help. This might be through one to one work with a YMCA WiSE Project Worker, joint support with an existing professional involved in the child or young person’s life, group work or outreach. We also provide training and awareness raising workshops to schools, community and voluntary sector organisations, local authority teams, police, health practitioners and through the LSCB training programme.
Counselling Plus is a charity which offers confidential counselling to people aged 16 years plus, in the local area, at such times of stress, change, pain or loss. One of our main aims is to provide an affordable service for those on low income or living on benefits.
We offer; One to One Counselling, Counselling for young people from age 16 years , Specialist counselling for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted (referred by the Saturn Centre), Specialist counselling for those affected by childhood sexual abuse, Specialist counselling for people who have attempted suicide and those affected by suicide, Anger Management Groups, Couple Counselling.
Barnardo’s B You service specialise in working directly with children and young people, up to the age of 18 years old who are at risk of or abused through sexual exploitation.
Their direct work sessions are flexible and focused on the individual’s needs. They aim to help young people to explore their situation in a way that is most comfortable for them.
Professionals, parents/carers and young people can find out more on how to refer into the service, by following the link to the website.
B You Service also provide training packages for professionals in raising awareness in the area of Child Sexual Exploitation and how best to support children and young people
Victim Support is here to help anyone affected by crime, not only victims, but their friends, family and any other people involved. Because we're an independent charity, you can talk to us whether or not you reported the crime to the police. We can help you find the strength to deal with what you've been through.
Covering the whole of West Sussex, Victim Support also have a Hate Incident Support Service. This is a third party reporting centre & work to support victims of Hate Crime and Hate Incidents by providing emotional and practical support. We take Self Referrals, Agency Referrals and Referrals from the Police.
The Mental Health Foundation have a variety of online resources to help you, including a range of free, downloadable leaflets.
Internet Watch Foundation works to remove child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world and non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK. You can report to them here: https://report.iwf.org.uk/en
Self-help group for men and women who were abused as children, which meets twice a month.
For those under 25 years old: The West Sussex Under 25s Drug & Alcohol Service offers flexible, confidential treatment and support for young people aged up to 24 years. Young people are offered appointments at a venue which suits them and drop-ins are held around the county, including FindItOut Centres.
This service offers free confidential help and advice to young people and their families. ru-ok? works alongside under 18s whose lives are affected by substance misuse in Brighton & Hove. They believe in equal opportunities for all and will strive to help young people to lead safe and happy lives, whilst respecting their views, beliefs and individual needs. They offer free, confidential, expert advice and support.
Lifecentre provides specialist sexual abuse counselling for ALL ages and genders, based in Crawley, Worthing and Chichester. Contact us to make a referral or visit our website for more information. Play therapy is available for the youngest children. Telephone and text helplines available for all survivors and their supporters.
Possability People is a charity providing services in Brighton, Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex. They believe in making more things possible for you in your life, no matter what your situation is.
The advice team is a highly experienced group of experts with a wealth of knowledge about the allowances and benefits you might be entitled to.The benefits system can feel difficult and stressful, Possability People can help explain what benefits might be available to you, talk you through the claims process and help you fill in the necessary paperwork.
They can offer information about money, housing, how to deal with debt, holidays or local groups and services in the community.
HAVOCA was established in 2001 to provide support and direction to any adult who has experienced child abuse. This experience may be first hand, or as a loved one of a survivor, or as a support worker for the victims of child abuse. The HAVOCA resource provides a wealth of information online and at the same time allows people to connect through the HAVOCA Survivor Forums. In doing so HAVOCA provides direction and friendship to survivors worldwide.
Together, as a survivors’ community, HAVOCA provides the medium to break the silence and help individuals recover from their trauma.
We work with people who want to change their lives for the better and achieve positive and life-affirming goals.
We believe that everyone has the right to lead the best life they can. Our accessible services empower people to improve their health and wellbeing and take control of the direction of their lives.
Our areas of expertise include:
- Substance misuse
- Children and young people’s services
- Family services
- Accommodation & homelessness
- Clinical services
- Criminal justice
East Sussex FACT (Families & Carers Team) supports families, carers and friends who are being affected by someone else’s substance misuse and mental health issues (dual diagnosis).
The service is for people who live in East Sussex. It is based in Eastbourne and holds groups in Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings. East Sussex FACT providers support through the following:
- Information and advice
- Signposting and referral to other services
- Courses and workshops
- One to one listening visits
- Support groups
- Outreach support through home visits
- Social events and activities
- Volunteering opportunities
Home-Start East Sussex supports vulnerable families in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. They do this by working directly in family homes, running support groups for parents with young children, and delivering in-depth group support and training with individuals in need.
They have been providing support to local families who have experienced domestic abuse since 1996 and started delivering domestic abuse courses in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove in 2016.
If you have experienced domestic abuse or are looking for support for someone that has, Home-Start East Sussex have a free 11-week course which offers a strengths-based approach to the nationally acclaimed Freedom Programme. They provide support, information and a safe space to women who have experience of living with domestic abuse. The course examines the actions, behaviour and beliefs of an abuser and the beliefs and responses of the victim/survivor. It also helps women to identify the early warning signs and the elements of a healthy relationship to help them to keep themselves and their children safe from further abuse in the future.
InterAct helps people with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum conditions who have been victims or witnesses to crimes. Our specialist advocates can support you through the criminal justice system, ensuring that you understand the proceedings and are able make your voice heard. We also support people to prevent them from becoming a victim of crime in the first place. The criminal justice system can be extremely difficult and intimidating to navigate, so by providing people with a trained advocate we are able to ensure they are listened to and heard.
We are the only national charity that works on behalf of all Gypsies and Travellers regardless of ethnicity, culture or background. We provide advice and consultancy, promote health and wellbeing, work on research and policy, deliver training and much more.
The services for young victims listed on this website are all anonymous services, and will only take your details if you are willing to share them.
If you do choose to share your personal details, these services will talk to you about getting support for whatever happens next.
If you feel that you are in danger call 999.
If the problem is less urgent you could talk to a trusted adult or friend. This might be a parent or other family member, someone at school or a friend who can help support you.
You could also talk to a PCSO, a police officer based at your school, you could visit your local police station or call the police non-emergency number on 101.
You can also visit the websites or call any of the services found on this website.