YAP is the advocacy service for children and young people in Brighton and Hove. They support young people who are in care or who have been through child protection processes.
The Youth Advice Centre offers advice, support and guidance to young people in Brighton and Hove. Their services include:
There are also a range of other services which operate at the centre. See the website for the most up to date information about the opening hours for each service.
There are separate email addresses for each service:
The YoungMinds Parents Helpline is a national service providing free and confidential support to parents and carers who are worried about the emotional problems or behaviour of a child or young person under 25. Trained helpline advisers are able to provide further information, explore concerns, and discuss the types of service available.
YoungMinds is a leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people. As well as campaigning, fundraising and running various projects they also provide a website offering information and advice to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing. They also offer support and information to schools and parents about young people’s mental health and provide a helpline for concerned parents and carers.
Part of the integrated Sexual Health & Contraception (SHAC) service, the Young Persons Clinic is located at SHAC East (The Claude Nicol Centre) and offers a walk-in service with no appointment required. Although young people are free to use the clinic’s daily walk-in and appointment services, the young persons clinic is specifically for those aged under 25.
Services available include:
Full sexual health screens for young men and women or self taken swabs/ urine test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea
Blood tests for HIV, Hepatitis and syphilis
Hepatitis vaccination A and B for people at risk
Free treatment for any infection found
Full range of contraception including contraceptive pills, Depo-Provera injection, implants and emergency contraception
Referral to other services as appropriate
This is a confidential friendly service for young people. Young people less than 16 years old have the same rights to confidentiality as those over 16 years old.
The Young People’s Centre (YPC) is a safe and social space with a café located in the centre of Brighton where young people aged 13-25 can access free advice, support and counselling, as well as affordable food, activities and free access to computers and the internet.
Run by the Carers Centre this project is for children and young people aged 8 – 24 years old who have regular caring responsibilities for family members who have an illness or a disability. They provide support and advice, run activities and groups and work with schools to raise awareness about Young Carers.
This organisation provides support to young people (under 26) who are homeless or having problems in their current housing, including access to supported accommodation, tenancy support, housing advice, relocation support, counselling, courses, and Sussex Nightstop, which provides an alternative to emergency accommodation through local community volunteers.
Through their supported accommodation they house 79 young people each night across 6 houses. Each young person is allocated a support worker who will help them to identify targets and to work towards achieving goals that lead to independence.
Their work in the local community reaches thousands of young people each year and impacts a number of areas including mental wellbeing, sexual exploitation, young offenders, general advice, housing advice, mentoring and counselling. Click on the links below for more information.
YMCA WiSE works across Brighton and Hove, Surrey and East Sussex to support children and young people to stay safe in their relationships.
The children and young people we work with are in lots of different situations and relationships. Things like being pressured into doing sexual things you don’t want to do, not being or feeling safe online, running away from home/care, sexting, abusive relationships, grooming and sexual exploitation.
The WISE Project is a service for 13-25 year olds who are experiencing sexual exploitation or are at risk of experiencing it. The project is also a point of call for advice and guidance for those working with young people who have suffered form sexual exploitation.
WiSE helps people understand exactly what sexual exploitation is, whether that’s young people themselves or professionals. By running workshops they aim to develop professionals’ knowledge around the topic.
They also work directly with clients to support them through the difficulties of their experience, offering group work and one-to-one support. The first step is often to help young people come to the realisation that they may be being sexually exploited – something which can be hard to accept.
Following on from this, WiSE helps them to understand boundaries and positive healthy relationships, working with them to improve their self-esteem.
Winston’s Wish is a charity that supports children who are bereaved.
The death of a parent or sibling is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face. At Winston’s Wish, we believe that bereaved children need support to make sense of death and rebuild their lives – and that is why we exist.