Useful Links2024-05-27T19:17:44+01:00

Useful Links

ICC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

All school staff have a responsibility to provide a safe environment in which children can learn and achieve their full potential.

Listed below are a few organisations and charities that offer support and advice.

West Sussex County Council2024-05-27T19:04:11+01:00

Multi Agency2024-05-27T19:04:42+01:00 helplines and support groups who offer expert advice West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership  (MASH) How to raise a concern about the welfare of a child if you think they are being harmed, abused or neglected. is a website full of useful information and services that are available in West Sussex for young people. Find events, advice, jobs and discounts in your local area is a free friendly and impartial service by local authorities, NHS and other services. Their services include exercising, healthy eating, healthy mind, smoking, alcohol, drugs, and wellbeing An information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.

Workshops for parents and carers :: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (  Pre-recorded webinars for parents and carers. The topics cover a range of difficulties that young people may be experiencing.  Each workshop gives an overview of a specific difficulty and also some hints and tips on how young people can be supported.  There are also links to some resources that you may find helpful, either while you are waiting for CAMHS treatment, or as an alternative to CAMHS. When supporting your child or young person it can sometimes be hard to know what difficulties they might be having or if they’re struggling with their mental health or emotional wellbeing. To help, we’ve put together a list of some challenges they might be experiencing and tips for managing together. Recipes 4 wellbeing cards that might help parents and carers support a young person experiencing difficulties with their mental wellbeing. These easy-to-read guides provide help and advice. Barnardo’s helps transform the lives of vulnerable children across the UK, offers advice and support in all aspects of home life   Childline is a free 24-hour private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a Childline counsellor about anything The NSPCC protects children and young people across the UK. They offer a wide range of services, including national helplines and local projects. The National Children’s Bureau is a children’s charity which helps improves the lives of children and young people  committed to promoting children’s rights in the UK and worldwide. They provide free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, their families, carers and professionals Free independent, confidential advice available to everyone Whistleblowing Advice Line Support for professionals who are worried about children in the workplace a charity that is available 24/7 dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.

The Mix  a free support service for people under 25.  0808 808 48994 or  text: THEMIX to 85258

Anna Freud, National Centre for Children and Families. Self-care to look after your mental health.


Speak UP! A web and mobile app that can be accessed at anytime on smartphones, tablets and PCs. A website offering advice and support if you are the victim of bullying or know someone who is.  Kidscape equip young people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and safeguarding issues.

Autism and ADHD2024-05-27T19:10:51+01:00

Useful Resource for Parents and Carers From Coastal West Sussex Mind.

Happy Maps Find advice and support for parents and young people/children on anxiety, self-harm, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, ASD etc 

Bereavement2024-05-27T19:12:02+01:00 Cruse Bereavement Care is here to support you after the death of someone close. If someone you know has died, and you need to talk. Is the youth website to Cruse Bereavement where young people facing grief can get support. Marie Curie offers support and bereavement support. Child Bereavement UK offers support to families when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, and when a child is facing bereavement.

Careers2024-05-27T19:12:24+01:00 Offers careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training courses and funding.

Also please see Ms Patterson, ICC’s Pathways and Options Officer.

Counselling2024-05-27T19:12:49+01:00 Horsham and Crawley Counselling group are a team of qualified counsellors who offer counselling services to adults, children and young people.  Is an online counselling service offering support to young people who have emotional or mental health issues.

Drugs & Alcohol2024-05-27T19:13:31+01:00 is a national drug education service and is jointly run by the Department of Health and The Home Office. Frank provides information to young people about the potential effects of drugs and alcohol.  Website giving information on the use of drugs and alcohol. Provides support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone’s drinking. An anonymous service that allows you to pass on information, you do not have to give any personal details.

Young Person Fortress PDF Leaflet – Keeping you and your friends safe.

Parent Fortress Campaign PDF Leaflet – resources for parents and carers.

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA)2024-05-27T19:14:12+01:00

Information for parents and carers
Information for young people Do you worry about going to school?
Information for Children Are you feeling sad or worried about school?

Housing2024-05-27T19:14:57+01:00  YMCA and Crawley Foyer provides support and housing to young people that find themselves in a housing crisis. The housing and homeless charity that offers free housing advice.

Knife Crime2024-05-27T19:15:26+01:00 A useful Home Office website giving information and support.

Mental Health2024-05-27T19:16:03+01:00 A range of services to support people with their mental health and wellbeing. When supporting your child or young person it can sometimes be hard to know what difficulties they might be having or if they’re struggling with their mental health or emotional wellbeing. To help, we’ve put together a list of some of challenges they might be experiencing and tips for managing together. Offers infomation about local activities and support that can help maintain positive mental wellbeing as part of your everyday life. Helplines and support groups who can offer expert advice Offers services on mental health issues  Is a free online education website whose aim is to give clear guidance on children and young people’s mental health, wellbeing and development Offers advice and support to anyone experiencing mental health problems is a charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people They run therapeutic support, befriending, and counselling and advice services for young people who are in need of mental health support. This site is all about helping you to help your friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally. Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems.

Rethink Mental Illness Offers practical help through its advice line Monday to Friday 10 – 4pm 0300 5000 927.

MoodGYM An interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Happy Maps Find advice and support for parents and young people/children on anxiety, self-harm, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, ASD etc.

The Positive page Online support for young people suffering with emotional distress. 

Calm Harm An app that provides tasks that can help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm.

SAM Anxiety Management An app to support young people to understand and cope with anxiety.

Mindshift  Free app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety.

Smiling Mind An app designed to assist people in dealing with the pressure, stress and challenges of daily life.
Sleepio An app for those with sleeping difficulties.
The NHS website Moodzone section is a good source of information for mental health issues and includes useful coping strategies.

Looking after your mental health guide.

Looking after your child’s mental health  Parents and carers guide to help spot the signs.

Prevent, Terrorism2024-05-27T19:16:37+01:00 A UK police and partners initiative to help prevent people getting drawn into violent extremism and terrorism. Social media is also used for research by extremists, making it easy for them to identify those who may be vulnerable to what they reveal in their profiles, posts/tweets, photos and friend lists.  Prevent is designed to stop people from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves. Early intervention helps diverting young people away from being drawn into terrorist activities.

Self Harm2024-05-27T19:18:39+01:00

Self Harm resources for parents and carers

Resources for parents and carers of a child self-harming or showing risks of self-harming behaviour

West Sussex County Council self-injury awareness

Talking about self-harm mini guide

Let’s talk about self harm

SelfharmUK Are an experienced team of youth workers, social workers and parents of teenagers with additional needs. They have written an e-guide to support you as a parent, carer or professional supporting a teenager with a variety of needs.

Young Minds A parents’ support guide.

Charlie Waller Trust website A guide for parents and carers is also available as a hard copy or for download from the Charlie Waller Trust website.

Parent Support Guide on the Young Minds website – for parents whose child is self-harming.

Self Injury Support – Helpline: 0808 800 8088 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7pm – 9.30pm)  Text and email support service also available. National service for self harm.

Sexual Health2024-05-27T19:19:16+01:00 Part of the NHS, they provide a confidential service offering a range of free contraception, testing, treatment and advice. Information, advice and guidance about sexual health issues.

Suicide2024-05-27T19:19:38+01:00 Is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. A charity that is available 24/7 dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide.

#stayalive An app for those at risk or for people worried about someone who may be suicidal.

Young Carers2024-05-27T19:20:16+01:00 Offers advice for young carers who is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem.

Pan Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures

West Sussex Parent Carer Forum (WSPCF) is a community of parent carers with children and young people who have SEND. Together, they work in partnership with the Local Authority to help shape and improve the range of services in education, health and social care for families in West Sussex. Parents can join the parent-carer forum on Facebook:

More information can be found on their website

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