Student Wellbeing

Making your physical and emotional wellbeing our priority

We understand that maintaining the best physical and mental wellbeing is important in your journey to success and will help you to get the most out of your studies. That’s why we are constantly developing resources, training staff and staging activities to give you the very best opportunity to stay well.

Your Wellbeing Team

We have specialist staff who are here to support you with your wellbeing including mental health, issues with home life or advice about staying healthy. If you are worried about bullying, please speak to your Study Programme Tutor in the first instance. We will always work to support and protect you.

Your Wellbeing Team are here to help you if you are worried about yourself or a friend. We can provide advice about how to keep yourself safe including online safety and social media, relationships and domestic abuse and other potentially risky behaviours such as exploitation, sofa surfing/homelessness and self-harm.

A Message from the ESC Wellbeing Teams

Student Wellbeing & Safety

Preventing and addressing sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual abuse, and on-line sexual abuse statement

Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence at East Sussex College

Drink Spiking and Staying Safe

It is important to feel safe when you are at college, but it is equally important to feel safe when you are out and about in your community.

East Sussex Mental Health Directory

Protecting your children from online hate, extremism, and fake news

This interactive guide focuses on the risks that online hate, extremism, and fake news pose and how parents and carers can minimize those risks.

Keeping Safe Online

A guide for people with learning disabilities.

Parent Help Sheet

Keeping your young person safe online while they are learning at home.

Student Wellbeing

From your first day at College you will have a Study Programme Tutor (SPT) and you can talk to them, or another teacher, about any worries or concerns you may have. The College also has a team of Wellbeing Mentors who are available to offer practical support and advice for more challenging issues. They may offer a number of one-to-one meetings with you or signpost you to a specialist service who can help. Discussions with your Wellbeing Mentor are usually confidential unless we need to talk to someone else to help to keep you or others safe.

  • Mental health issues including severe anxiety and depression
  • Personal problems including drug, alcohol and gambling addictions
  • Support for trans or gender questioning students
  • Relationship difficulties including students who are at risk of homelessness
  • Any situation where you feel that you are not safe and need help
  • Overcoming barriers to learning


If you are a Looked After Child (LAC) you will have access to 1:1 support from one of our Safeguarding Managers. Your allocated staff member will act as an advocate for you with any issues you may encounter on your course and will attend meetings with external services around how you are getting on at College.

Staying Safe in the Community

Keeping yourself safe in the community

It is important to feel safe when you are at college, but it is equally important to feel safe when you are out and about in your community. Did you know that more crimes are committed against young people (teenagers) than any other age group, but there are some things that you can do to keep safe yourself on the streets:

  • Be alert and aware of what is happening around you – don’t wear headphones as you won’t be able to hear if someone is coming up behind you.
  • Stick to busy, well-lit roads, and avoid short cuts through alleyways.
  • Never walk home alone at night. This is even more important if you’ve been drinking, as alcohol affects your judgement of people and situations.
  • Keep to the middle of the pavement and walk towards on-coming traffic; it deters kerb crawlers.
  • Never accept lifts from strangers, even if they say they are a taxi or a mini-cab.
  • If you think that you are being followed, cross the road or go to a place with lots of people around, like a bus stop or shop. Phone someone you know.
  • When travelling by bus, you should try to use bus stops on busy roads.
  • If someone tries to take something from you (your mobile phone), just hand it over, don’t get into an argument or fight about it.
  • Keep mobile phones and other valuables out of sight, and to turn off their mobile phone ringer to avoid attracting attention.
  • Don’t carry weapons because they are more likely to be used against you, and it's illegal.
  • Have your keys ready as you approach your house or car.
  • If you are being followed, stay calm and head towards people and a well-lit, busy area and ask for help or call 999.

Safeguarding Management Team

Helen Ding (Eastbourne)
Tel: 030 300 39516

Lydia Leonard (Hastings)
Tel: 030 300 39438

Julia Proven (Lewes)
030 300 39129

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Rebecca Conroy

Safeguarding Governor
Gill Short

Safeguarding Emergency Numbers

Is someone at risk of harm? Please call or text us.
Monday - Friday, 9 - 5pm:

Eastbourne: 07980 049312
Hastings: 0784 8442081
Lewes: 0782 3668772

The college Wellbeing Team are here to support you Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. If you feel you need to contact anyone for support outside of these times, please see the suggested contacts below.