Children and young people

We believe that all services for children and young people, and their families, can and should play a role in promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being in children and young people. We also believe that all organisations concerned with children and young people should work together to make sure services are of the highest quality, easy to access and provide every child and young person with opportunities to achieve as much as they are able to.

East Sussex is a unique and exciting place to grow up, but it also presents a number of challenges to young people. We work with East Sussex County Council and other local partners to improve the health and lives of children, young people and their families.

East Sussex CCG commissions a range of services for children including community paediatrics, nursing, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Our work with our local authority partners includes a range of initiatives to reduce obesity, stop smoking, prevent substance misuse and reduce teenage pregnancy and sexual health concerns.

What matters to children and young people?

Our children and young people, their families and our stakeholders have told us what matters to them:

  • Being seen quickly, with continuity of care
  • Early identification and provision when help is needed
  • More capacity and choice for early support
  • Easy access and simple pathways
  • Recognising the complexity of individual lives
  • A quality experience as well as quality care
  • Greater coordination between all agencies and with adult services

What support is available for children and young people?

Sussex Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

CAMHS provide specialist services for children and young people across Sussex, in locations such as GP surgeries, clinics, hospitals and schools, to support young people who are experiencing a mental health condition or difficulties with their emotional wellbeing.

Find out more about Sussex CAMHS on their website.

Special Educational Needs and Disability – the Local Offer

The Local Offer is the services and support available for children and young adults with special educational needs and disabilities up to the age of 25, and their families.

Find out more about the Local Offer in your area.


NHS Go is a confidential health advice and information service for 16-25 year olds. Available for free on iOS and Android, NHS Go provides you with:

  • Free, confidential advice
  • Instant access to find local services
  • Quizzes and guides around key health issues
  • Notification on topics and events relevant to you
  • Information about your rights under the NHS

Open for Parents

There is no such thing as a perfect parent and we all need a little help and support at times. Every child is different and at every stage we are faced with new challenges and situations to handle.

Open for Parents provide information, advice and support for parents and carers who want to support their child’s development and wellbeing, who may be experiencing some difficulty with managing their child’s behaviour or who simply want some tips and strategies for dealing with common childhood and teen issues.

Visit the Open for Parents website for more information.


i-Rock is a drop-in service for young people aged 14-25 which offers advice and support on emotional and mental wellbeing, jobs, education and housing.

There are lots of different people at i-Rock with a wide range of knowledge and information. So whether you want to talk about how you’re feeling or get advice on things like housing and continuing your education, someone will be able to offer you advice and a hot drink! The service can also offer advice if you’re concerned about a friend or relative.

  • Eastbourne i-Rock – open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00-18:00
    Greencoat House, 32 St Leonard’s Road, Eastbourne BN21 3UT
  • Hastings i-Rock – open Monday to Friday, 11:00-18:00
    Rock House, 49-51 Cambridge Road, Hastings TN34 1DT
  • Newhaven i-Rock – open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:00-18:00
    Denton Island Community Centre, Newhaven BN9 9BA

i-Rock is a drop-in, so you can just turn up when you’re free, but if you’d like to book an appointment, you can do so online.