Ninfield C of E Primary School

Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust


Useful Contacts

Local support available:

What local support is available?

The links below have been provided by East Sussex County Council. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the external organisations included here are reputable and well-known to school communities, and that the information is correct, they cannot guarantee the quality of any agencies listed, nor take any responsibility for any services they may provide.

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) - up to age 18, countywide

CAMHS supports children and young people across East Sussex who have behavioural, emotional or mental health problems. 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 - all ages, Hastings, Rother and Eastbourne

Peer group sessions which encourage children and young people to share their feelings and experiences of bereavement. 1:1 support is also available for 15+ year olds and early years support for children under 5.

  • East Sussex Young Carers - ages 5-18, countywide

Supports young carers responsible for caring for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health or substance issues. The team offer a range of short-term interventions including signposting, 1:1 support and in-school support and workshops.

  • Fegans - parent and school support, based in Tunbridge Wells

Evidence-based, tailor made support for parents and school staff. 

  • Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability (ISEND) services - ages 0-18 (varies between services), countywide

Opening hours: Weekdays (term-time only), 9am to 5pm

ISEND services support children and young people with a wide range of additional and special educational needs, including behavioural and mental health, as well as providing guidance and training to school staff.The majority of services only accept referrals from schools. 

  • Open for Parents - parents of 0-19 year olds, countywide

Schools can signpost parents and carers who are struggling with parenting difficulties to ‘Open for Parents’ (previously Parenting Matters) a free service that offers workshops (including the Triple P programme),  drop in surgeries, discussion groups, resources and a weekly advice line. Parents and carers can self-refer.

  • School Health Service

A team of school nurses who work with children, young people and families. You do not have to be in school to use this service. 

Useful Websites – resources for emotional literacy support  -  "The Child Therapy Service CIC is a not-for-profit organisation, with charitable purposes. The Service provides social, emotional and mental health resources, coaching, support, and training."