There are a variety of local services available which can help provide additional support to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people, families, carers and professionals like you.
Please explore the links below to discover services that are available in your local area.
Please note that we have been unable to validate local services but please contact us with your feedback (good or bad) so that we can build a better evidence base of what works locally.
Public services (commissioned or provided):
There is never any excuse for domestic abuse or sexual violence. Ever. This website has been created by Torbay's Community Safety Partnership, Safer Communities Torbay, to provide information to anyone in Torbay who wants to find out: more about domestic abuse and violence; how to access local help and support services and how to support someone experiencing abuse or violence.
CAB provides free, confidential and independent advice to help people overcome their problems. They are a voice for their clients and consumers on the issues that matter to them such as debt, benefits, family and housing problems.
Checkpoint provides a range of free and confidential information, advice and support services to children and young people aged 8–17. Services include drug and alcohol support, counselling, sexual health advice, child sexual exploitation (CSE) support, missing and runaway children support and Looked After Children advocacy.
The Torbay Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service provides emotional and mental health assessment and treatment to children, young people, aged 0-18 years, and their families/carers. We offer support to professionals, such as school staff, GPs and school nurses who are working with children and young people within Torbay.
The FIS directory provides information for families and people working with them in Torbay. Family Intervention Team (FIT). Can be accessed via the Targeted Help Panel route.
The IYSS support the achievements and challenges that young people may face by ensuring that children receive the best services and support possible. They work closely with Careers South West, Checkpoint, Mental Health Teams (Adult and Child), Housing, Police, Probation, and the Voluntary Sector to support the following groups:
- Looked After Children and Care Leavers from 15 to 21 years or up to 25 years if in full time education to prepare for independence.
- Young people involved with youth justice services including both pre-court and court interventions to reduce crime in the community.
- Young people who have been referred for additional support by the Early Help Service so that we can respond early to identify difficulties.
The Torbay School Nursing team is comprised of specialist practitioners, qualified registered nurses, nursery nurses and administrators. The School Nurse team provide a number of services to 0-19 year olds, for example:
- Health screening for all reception children
- Carry out the immunisation programme for 5-19 year olds
- Offer height and weight measurements as per the national child measurement programme
- Hold drop in sessions for young people / parents / carers
TDAS is an outcome focused domestic abuse service for high and medium risk victims, survivors and members of their household including children. The service will enable people to make informed choices about their safety, health, housing and other identified individual needs. Referrals for children under 17 years must be through the Torbay MASH. Young people aged 16-24 years can self-refer or be referred by a professional.
Torbay’s MASH aims to provide a more consistent, timely and co-ordinated multi-agency response to individual situations relating to welfare and safeguarding concerns to children and young people. The intent is to improve the quality of information sharing between agencies in order that decision making can be both more effective and more robust.
Torbay Young Carers service support children and young people under 18 years who look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled, has mental health problems or has a drug or alcohol problem. They will meet with the young carer to discuss their needs and develop a support plan. They also provide advice and support for organisations working with children and young people to address young carer’s issues and make services more accessible to young carers.
The Young Adult Carers is a team dedicated to providing a range of support to young adults aged 16 to 25 in Torbay, who are in a caring role. Young Adult Carers is based at the Paignton Carers Centre but also uses the facilities at the Brixham Carers Centre and Cool Therapies in Torquay. Young Adult Carers is supported by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and is a service commissioned by Torbay Council.
Torbay Youth Service is based at Parkfield Youth Centre in Paignton. The Communities Youth Worker is available to provide advice and support to youth projects around Torbay. They can provide advice on funding applications and policies and procedures, as well as training for volunteers. To see universal open access activities see their Facebook page. For targeted services, these are available via a request for support with more information.
Community, voluntary and social enterprise services:
The Apricot Centre (CIC) Wellbeing Service for Children and Families works with young people and families ‘on the edge of potential’. They think that wherever there are trouble and difficulties, creative solutions can also be found. They offer a range of specialist therapies, assessments, and also less intensive farm activities which foster wellbeing in South Devon.
The Brixham Youth Enquiry Service was founded in 1996 and has since strived to welcome and engage young people aged 8 to 25 and their families. They provide information, support and activities based around building confidence and self-worth, enabling young people to make a positive difference in their town.
The Day Break Centre offer free activities and courses for people who have mental health issues (18 years and over), their family, friends and the professionals that support them. Courses and activities include: Managing anxiety; Building self-esteem and assertiveness skills; Understanding and learning ways to manage self-harming behaviours; and other self-management sessions on issues like managing anger and promoting good sleep.
Family Advice Support Team (FAST) CIC is a Community Interest Company limited by guarantee, founded by a small team of professionals with over 30 years of specialist experience, offering bespoke support to families (both parents and children, including those with disabilities) through a variety of interventions as well as one-to-one and group work.
Imagine is a multi-cultural group whose activities aim to provide benefit to peoples from ethnic communities/groups/individuals and the wider community living in Torbay. They do this through championing cultural diversity via social events, workshops, training and professional/personal development.
Motivated by the Christian faith LiNX seek to provide a credible resource to secondary schools, supporting young people in every aspect of their development: emotional, social, relational & spiritual. They offer lessons in RE/PSHE/SRE, deliver small groups & offer general support to the school community.
Local Heroes is a growing anti-hate crime charity that exists to inspire young people from all backgrounds to maximise their potential and the role they play in society. They support their development by working with “local heroes” to raise awareness of prejudice and hate crime; empowering them to celebrate diversity, value difference, nurture change and prevent bullying. To see how Local Heroes can work with your school or college click How we can help your school.
A community service directory for wider Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay) with a very good search function.
Play Torbay is a small, dynamic, voluntary sector organisation championing children’s play across the Bay. They offer free, exciting play opportunities and programmes of adventurous activities in partnership with organisations, parents and local people. “You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” Plato 350bc.
The South Devon YMCA is a not-for-profit organisation that works autonomously from other YMCAs. They serve young people, their families and the communities of Torbay and the South Hams. In addition to other services, they provide support for young people that have been excluded or are at risk of being excluded, by providing them support with their emotional and social needs. They also support those whose particular needs mean that they fall between a mainstream and specialist school.
Is a Community Interest Company (CIC) providing interventions designed to support families and help children achieve the best outcomes possible. They run grant funded projects as well as offer opportunities for bespoke training, support, advice and various interventions to social care professionals, schools and parents. The main areas they specialise in are: parenting. (group and 1-1. PPP, Nurture and Incredible Years), family support and school attendance.
Torbay Advice Network is a quality assured Charity which supports the advice and information sector in Torbay. They also provide front-line support for communities and practitioners via bespoke training and advocacy covering issues such as, welfare reforms, tax credits, which benefits, disability transition, income maximzation, autism, challenging behaviour, employment law, dementia and many more social, personal and welfare workshops.
Starting life as an inter-church youth project in Brixham in 2007, Youth Genesis has grown to serve young people and local communities. Covering Torbay and parts of Devon, Youth Genesis is working at a grassroots level with communities to setup and establish sustainable youth services for the most disadvantaged young people. Projects include Streetbase and Project DAVE (domestic abuse victim equality).
The Southwest Intervention Service provides interventions for children and young people which include: emotional resilience, protective behaviours, anger management and interventions to help avoid school exclusions. Services are provided at a cost.
The Thrive Approach (differs from iThrive Commissioning Approach) draws on insights from these fields to provide a powerful way of working with children and young people that supports optimal social and emotional development. In particular, the Approach equips you to work in a targeted way with children and young people who have struggled with difficult life events to help them re-engage with life and learning.