Safeguarding and Prevent

BHCC ACL service aims to provide the safest and best learning environment possible so all our learners can succeed and everyone feels safe and secure. Safeguarding is intended to promote the welfare of our learners, especially those who are most vulnerable, by protecting them from bullying, harassment, abuse of any kind, discrimination or victimisation.

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Mental Health
Resources for mental health

The Sussex Mental Healthline
Call 0800 030 9500, 24 hours a day.
The Sussex Mental Healthline is a telephone service offering support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems, including stress, anxiety and depression. The service is also available to carers and healthcare professionals. You do not need an appointment.

Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans 
If something’s bothering you or you feel you can’t cope, you can call in on any day between 10am and 10pm
Dubarry House, Newtown Road, Hove, East Sussex,BN3 6AE 
Or call  01273 772277 (local phone rates) or  freephone  116123 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Dialogue Face to face Counselling  including Specialist Black Minority & Ethnic (BME) and Lesbian Gay
Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) counselling
e-motion online counselling
Support groups to help with such issues as worry and anxiety
Brief Interventions offering support and advice
Family Interventions
Fees: FREE
Telephone: 0300 020 060

BHT (Brighton Housing Trust) Mental Health and Wellbeing Service
BHT offers a variety of activities that help people to learn ways to cope with the challenges and changes they may be faced with:
– One to one sessions with trained counsellors
– Wellbeing groups with trained counsellors
– Practical life-skills workshops
– Practical advice and signposting with a dedicated caseworker
– Peer led groups and activities
– Peer support volunteer and mentor training
– Women only counselling and drop in provided by Threshold Women’s Services
Fees: FREE for residents of Brighton and Hove
Access: self-refer on 01273 929471 or email completed self-referral form to

Right Here Brighton and Hove
Right Here offer a range of activities for young people (18-25 years old), including a “Walk and Talk with a dog” project. This service is designed to support a group of 6 people it who are experiencing social anxiety or isolation. The projects involves 1-1 sessions before and after the walk. It combines the benefit of “ecotherapy” (being outside) and “pet therapy”. The walk itself is in Stanmer Park, and involves ice-breakers and discussions facilitated by 2 counsellors.
FeesFREE to people aged 18-25
Access: you can refer yourself by contacting Right Here directly

Dialogue – YMCA Downslink Group
YMCA Dialogue offers a free 1-1 counselling service for 13 to 25 year olds.
Fees: Free to people aged 13-25 years old
Access: You can self-refer using the details on the YMCA DLG website, or get a referral through the YAC (Youth Advice Centre) general advice drop-in

As You Are Centre
As You Are provides affordable counselling and group work for depression, stress and anxiety for people living in Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham, Lancing and Worthing. They offer 1-1, group work and workshops.
Fees: Open to both adults and children with fees operating on a sliding scale from £8 to £35 per session
Access: You can book an assessment via phone or online, using the contact details available on their website

RISE support anyone who has been affected by domestic abuse or intimate partner violence (violence, emotional and sexual abuse and coercive control, including children and young people). Clients are usually offered 12 weekly sessions of 50 minutes each.
Fees: RISE operate a sliding scale for fees and do not prevent any individual accessing therapy if they cannot make a nominal contribution to the cost of their therapy
Access: you can refer yourself via the RISE Helpline 0300 323 9985

Rock Clinic
The Rock Clinic Association, a registered charity, is a co-operative association of psychotherapists and counsellors, yoga teachers and complementary therapists providing accessible therapy to the community of Brighton, Hove and Sussex
The Rock has two sites across the city: Rock East at 270 Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 5TA and Rock West, 8 Western Street, Brighton BN1 2PG. Both Clinics have facilities for individual psychological and physical therapy, with space for group work. There is full disabled access at Rock West and good disabled access at Rock East
Fees: Flexible depending on what you can afford, but usually minimum £10
Access: You can refer yourself using the contact details on their website

Sussex Recovery College
Sussex Recovery College offers educational courses about mental health and recovery which are designed to increase your knowledge,  skills and promote self-management. This may help you take control and become an expert in your own wellbeing and recovery and get on with your life despite mental health challenges.
Fees: Currently all courses at the Recovery College are free to attend for people with moderate to severe mental health challenges, their supporters (relatives, friends and carers) and staff from partner organisations.
Access: You can view the prospectus online and then submit a registration form online or by post

Money Advice Plus
Money Advice Plus is a registered charity (Money Advice & Community Support Service) with headquarters in Hove, helping and supporting people experiencing difficulty managing their money or financial affairs.  Alongside our face-to-face work with clients in Sussex, we run a national telephone advice service, from our office in Eastbourne.
24 hours a day, 365 days a year over the phone support.
National Suicide Prevention Alliance
Free and impartial money advice, set up by the government.
Careers information, advice and guidance.

Staying Safe Online
A charity ensuring children benefit from technology, free from harm
Child Exploitation and Online Protection command
Online Safety Tips, Advice and Resources
Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you’re on a phone, tablet or computer.
Tips on how to stay safe online


Oasis Project
Helping women, families and children affected by drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
A national charity tackling the effects of alcohol, drug use or gambling on family members and friends.
Get help over the phone or by email.
For anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Oasis Project
Helping women, families and children affected by drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.

Advice for the families of people who use drugs
A national charity tackling the effects of alcohol, drug use or gambling on family members and friends.
For anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drug use.

Oasis Project
Helping women, families and children affected by drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.

Resources relating to self-harm
Treatment and support for self-harm
Self-harm coping techniques