Our Time2Talk service offers mediation to young people and family members of different generations who are experiencing relationship difficulties. Our service supports children and young people aged 9 to 19 and their families or carers across Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes.
Our trained and accredited mediators help you to identify needs, clarify issues, explore solutions and negotiate agreements. Our mediators act as facilitators, helping people to work out a solution that is realistic, practical and workable. The decision making rests with the parties involved and the mediation process is entirely voluntary.
The service offers specialist treatment services to young people and their parents/carers, who are using alcohol, drugs and novel psychoactive substances (legal highs) and research chemicals in East Sussex.
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.
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
If you have been the victim of an offence at the hands of a young person (aged 10 to 17 years) who has been sentenced at court, your local Youth Offending Team may contact you, to invite you to participate in a process called Restorative Justice. For more information about your local Youth Offending Team, please see (relevant webpage); for more information about Restorative Justice, please see (SRJP webpage).
Project working to tackle the issue of sexual exploitation through awareness raising workshops, group work and one-to-one support for young people. Also provide the WISE screening tool that professionals can use to identify children at risk and seek guidance.
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.
Based in Hastings and Rother. Provide information and a listening service to the LGBT community through the helpline. Support, and assistance with the reporting process, are provided for individuals who report homophobic hate incidents and this service allows individuals to remain anonymous in their reports.
Based in Hastings and Rother. LGBT support organisation, which seeks to raise awareness of the support needs of the LGBT community. Takes reports of hate incidents relating to sexuality or gender identity.
Road safety affects everyone. It affects whether children can go to the park or walk to school, elderly people can get to the shops, people can take up cycling to get to work or get fit, and families feel safe to get around their neighbourhoods.
For some people, it changes everything. Road crashes and casualties end lives too soon, rip families apart, leave communities reeling in shock and victims feeling alone and without hope.
Brake is a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and support people bereaved and seriously injured on roads. We will provide support whether the crash was recent or a long time ago, and whether it occurred in this country or abroad.
Brake's helpline is a quality accredited, freephone support service, providing information and advocacy, emotional support and a listening ear. Calls are confidential and there is no time limit to our support.
Our extensive knowledge of domestic abuse, child protection and stalking issues inform our educational, legal and therapeutic expertise, which qualify us to offer a comprehensive and unique service to our clients. We aim to empower and enable individuals to make informed decisions within the criminal and family justice systems and encourage professional responsibility to ensure the decision making process is centred on client/victim best interests.
Safe in Sussex provides support to victims of domestic abuse in the following ways: Refuge accommodation for women and their children providing one to one support for both mother and child for more information call 01903 231939 Freedom Programme, a 12 week rolling course to help women understand the beliefs held by the abusive partner, to gain confidence and improve the quality of their lives. Educational programmes for young people helping them to make safe healthy relationships. Visit our website or call to find out more.
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.
For those under 24 years old: The West Sussex Young Persons Substance Misuse Service (WSYPSMS) 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.
Provide a short-term, one-to-one counselling service to adults who have experienced abuse in childhood.
Over 25 years old: Change, grow, live provides a range of health and wellbeing support and advice for adults over the age of 25 years old, and their families, carers and friendship networks, who are affected by the use of alcohol and / or drugs (substances) in West Sussex
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.
Citizens Advice Witness Service can help if you have to give evidence in a criminal trial as victim or witness. Our trained volunteers offer emotional support and practical help to witnesses before and on the day of trail. Our service is confidential, free and available for adults in every Crown and Magistrates' Court in Sussex and for children and young people in every Magistrates’ Court in Sussex.
We support witnesses, their families and friends. We can arrange for you to visit the court before the trial so you know what to expect and we'll be there on the day of the trial to keep you updated and help you during the day.
We can provide a separate place for you to wait before and during the trial. If you would like someone to go into the court room with you we will do what we can to provide this. You can contact Witness Service online at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/.
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.