Child development clinic

The child development clinic supports children and young people across East Sussex who have been referred for neurodevelopmental assessment.

Our team receive a high number of referrals. Children who have been referred into our service follow a number of pathways and are prioritised according to need. Some of our pathways involve a lengthy waiting time and we are unable to provide individual waiting times.

While your child is waiting for an appointment they will be kept under review as any new information is received.

How to contact us

Our teams are unable to advise you of where your child is on the waiting list, however please be reassured that you will be contacted as soon as an appointment is available. If you have any concerns, please speak to your child’s school or nursery, or the person who made the referral.

If your child is being seen in our sleep clinic and requires a prescription for melatonin, please email our nursing team. We require three weeks’ notice to fulfil a prescription.

If your child has had an assessment and you have a question about their care, please email our secretaries.

Please note that we are not an emergency service. If you have concerns about your child’s wellbeing or the safety of anyone in your household our leaflet on Accessing Support When you are Concerned about Your Child or Others: A guide for parents and carers may be helpful.

How do I get an appointment

If you are worried about your child’s development, we recommend talking through your concerns with your child’s health visitor, school nurse, GP or Special Educational Needs Coordinator SENCO (usually this is a teacher at the school), who will be able to refer you if required.


  • Developmental delay
  • Physical disability
  • Severe co-ordination difficulties
  • Communication, speech and language difficulties
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Vision and hearing problems
  • Behaviour problems associated with developmental delay
  • Statutory health assessment
  • Sleep difficulties as part of a disability


  • i-Rock drop in service for young people aged 14 to 25 years (various locations across East Sussex)- advice and support on emotional and mental wellbeing, jobs, education and housing. Unfortunately due to the new social distancing rules we have had to temporarily close our i-Rock sites, however we are now offering virtual appointments via your smart phone as well as support via telephone and email. Please contact us via the email links on our Facebook pages to arrange contact with one of our team. Also, check out our Instagram page, (i_rock_eastsussex) where you will find tips on keeping yourself well and an Instagram live session on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4.30pm.
  • E-wellbeing a digital wellbeing service to support 13 to 25 year olds in Sussex with their mental health, designed by young people, for young people. The website provides self-help information, handy toolkits and a directory of local services and Coronavirus advice. Find more information on 1Space: e-wellbeing
  • Teen Talk a Young Carers counselling service for 12 to 18 year olds in Hastings and Rother. Teen Talk offers up to 12 sessions with a qualified and experienced counsellor to provide emotional support to any young person who is affected by their caring role. Assessments and sessions are currently taking place over the phone. For more information, contact Lyn or Siwan – Tel: (01323) 738390 or visit the Care For the Carers website. Find more information on 1Space: Teen Talk
  • e-motion on-line counselling, chat and emotional support for young people aged 12 to 18yrs. Counselling via private confidential written messages between you and you counsellor every week. Or a Drop-in every Wednesday from 5pm -7pm if you prefer brief support at any time (across East Sussex)
  • Sussex CAMHS For support with emotional and mental wellbeing, for children, young people and their parents or carers. Their website has lots of information, resources and short films about common problems. Website: Sussex CAMHS
  • YoungMinds information on a variety of issues affecting a young person’s mental health and advice on what to do including a helpline providing support and advice to parents and carers worried about the emotional wellbeing or behaviour of a young person in their care. Young people can text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free 24/7 support across the UK if they are experiencing a mental health crisis: text YM to 85258 (free)
  • Holding Space (Eastbourne) a small charity which support families going through mental ill health, currently offering free, friendly online support sessions for parents and carers, as well as phone support. See website for more details. Find more information on 1Space: Holding Space
  • The above services are not crisis response or emergency services so we recommend that if you feel there is a serious risk to your child, yourself or others, or you want to talk to someone immediately, please contact the following organisations:
  • Sussex Mental Healthline: 0800 0309 500 The Sussex Mental Healthline is a 24/7 telephone service offering listening support, advice, information and signposting to anyone experiencing difficulties with their mental health. The service is available to anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend and this includes carers and healthcare professionals. You do not need an appointment.
  • Emergency services
    If you are concerned you may harm yourself you can contact the emergency services (999) or the NHS on 111 or get yourself to your nearest Emergency Department. You can find your nearest Emergency Department here:
  • ONLINE – Mind Help Tool
    Mind have an online tool to work out where you might be best going in a crisis and what things you may be able to do to cope in that moment. You can visit their main site at
  • HELPLINE – The Samaritans
    The Samaritans provide confidential 24 hours telephone support on 116 123 for a range of crisis. More information is at
  • HELPLINE – Childline
    For under 18’s Child-Line is available on 0800 1111 open 24 hours a day. More information is at
  • HELPLINE – Papyrus
    The Hopeline is open 10am-10pm for any young people experiencing suicidal thoughts on 0800 068 441 and you can visit them at
  • HELPLINE – LGBT Foundation
    If you’re LGBTQ+ you can ring the foundation’s helpline on 03453 30 30 30 10am to 10pm for a range of advice on issues you may be experiencing relating to this, including a specialist service around LGBTQ+ domestic violence. Find out more at
  • HELPLINE – Domestic Abuse Helpline
    Available 24hours a day on 0808 2000 247 for anyone experiencing or worried about domestic abuse
    Shout operate a 24/7 crisis support service, just text SHOUT to 85258, free on most UK Networks. You can find more about this service at
    A text based service for girls and young women affected by self-harm open until 9pm on 0780 047 2908

Sussex Recovery College Educational courses about mental health and recovery which are designed to increase your knowledge, skills and promote self-management. Usually available at the Hastings and Rother Campus and the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford, High Weald, Lewes and Havens Campus. During the pandemic, free online courses can be accessed at Recovery College Online. Find more information on 1Space: Sussex Recovery College Phone: 0300 303 8086. Email:

Discovery College a learning journey to wellbeing for children, young people (ages 12 to 20 years) and supporters (relatives, friends and carers). Usually available at the Hastings and Rother Campus and the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford, High Weald, Lewes and Havens Campus. Find more information on 1Space: Discovery College     Phone: 0300 303 8086 Email:

  • Child Therapy Service (Tracy Chadwick) a mental wellbeing hub providing an online toolbox of downloadable resources to support children’s mental wellbeing. Plus online training workshops for families and professionals on a variety of topics including supporting anxious children, managing demand avoidance and developing emotional resilience
  • Education Future’s Trust dedicated to supporting and helping children and families.  We run various projects alongside our Keyworker and Learning Mentor For Children, we run Forest Schools and Shore Academy during school holidays.  Prior to the end of the school year, we run a transition project to help pupils move up to secondary school. For parents, we run Incredible Years courses and Parenting Courses. If you have any questions or would like to help support the work carried out by the Trust, please contact
  • FSN free services across Hastings and St Leonards to help children to: improve self-esteem and confidence; build social and communication skills; better understand emotions; learn coping strategies for dealing with challenging situations; increase awareness of mental health issues; build positive relationships; boost overall wellbeing, includes information and support about Dragonflies Bereavement project –
  • Remarkable Me supporting children’s and young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health through therapeutic and creative activities designed to build resilience, raise confidence, increase self-esteem, support the transition from primary to secondary school and help children manage and cope with change in a positive way. Programmes are available online and in schools for children in years 5, 6 and 7 (various locations across East Sussex) –
  • The Youth Fairy Solution Focused Therapist and Educational Professional in the Seaford / Newhaven area. Helping young people to become calmer, happier more confident versions of themselves
  • Headspace: hundreds of articles for any mind, any mood, any goal. A website offering a variety of meditations and videos / articles to promote mindfulness (free trial but then fee applies)