Drugs and alcohol services for children and young people


Primary, secondary schools and colleges will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.

All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

Early Years settings remain open.

See the coronavirus help and support page.

Apply for your child’s primary school place: If your child was born between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, then they are due to start primary school in September 2021. Don’t miss the deadline on 15 January 2021. If you miss the deadline you are much less likely to get the school you want.

Services listed on this page are continuing and clients who were being supported face-to-face are now being offered regular support by phone or email. But service provision can change, so please contact the service directly to check on current status.

If you have concerns about a child related to drugs, alcohol, NPS (‘legal highs’) or any other substance, get help and advice from:

Talk to Frank has information and advice for parents, carers and young people.

There is a 24/7 telephone helpline on 0300 123 6600 and SMS contact via 82111

Talk to Frank

Under 19s Substance Misuse

The Under 19’s Substance Misuse Service works across East Sussex. The local authority leads the service with staff from different teams all working together. The service works from Children’s Services teams and other locations young people can get to and feel comfortable.

To use the service make a referral by telephone, letter, e-mail or fax.

A duty worker is available Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday, 9am to 4.30pm.

The service offers level 4 special treatments provision. This includes an assessment, casework function and direct access to a range of holistic specialist interventions

How to contact the team

Under 19s SMS, Second floor, St Mark’s House, 14 Upperton Road, East Sussex BN21 1EP

Phone: 01323 464404