Children and young people overview


Key facts about vision impairment in children and young people – this document was reviewed and updated by researchers at RNIB, Guide Dogs and Royal London Society for the Blind and endorsed by Vision UK Children & Young People with a Vision Impairment Committee.

Low vision, habilitation and rehabilitation framework for adults and children – the CCEHC framework for adults and children, the Primary eye care framework and the Community ophthalmology framework – all available to download on Vision UK website.

Guidelines and Pathway for putting the UK Vision Strategy into Action for Children and Young People (0 to 25 years) with Vision Impairment, and their Families – these are intended for those responsible for commissioning and providing services for children and young people and their families. They include Children & Young Peoples’ Guidelines and UK Children & Young Peoples’ Pathway.

Resources for parents of blind or partially sighted children – information from the RNIB with practical resources. The Young people section was co-designed with young people across the UK, to bring useful information on a variety of issues.

Education professionals – list of resources from the RNIB for education professionals working with children and young people with a visual impairment from birth to 25.

Resources for children and young people with visual impairment and their families – UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust pack with useful information for families and professionals.

Services for Children and Young People with a Visual Impairment – this booklet from the Children’s Service at Moorfields Eye Hospital (Bedford) provides links and resources for children with a visual impairment and their families and carers.

Children, young people & families resources –  this section of the Henshaws Knowledge Village has many resources for children, young people and their families – from learning communication skills to accessible activities and games, how to support independent living skills, and more.


Useful organisations/websites

RSBC – provide services in London and across England and Wales for visually impaired children and young people, their families or carers and professionals.

LOOK-UK – National Federation of Families with Visually Impaired Children, providing help and support to VI children and their families or carers.

Contact – supports families of children with disabilities through support and guidance; they support local and national groups to bring parents and carers together.

VIEW – the professional association of the vision impairment education workforce.

VICTA – supports visually impaired children and young people and their families across the UK.


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Starting Point leaflet 2018 – (4 pp., 352KB) – this leaflet from Vision UK is an introduction to the help and support available for parents and carers of a child with a vision impairment.

QT4 Breaking the employment barriersVI Factsheet 2016 – (2 pp., 151KB) – factsheet from RNIB and VIEW on the Role of a Qualified Teacher of Children and Young People with Vision Impairment (QTVI).

Breaking the employment barriers
 (1mb) – Presentation from the Royal National College for the Blind at Visionary’s 2018 Annual conference.


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