The Visual Impairment Team is part of Southwark’s Children’s and Adult Services based at Tooley Street.
We are a team of four qualified teachers of children and young people with visual impairments, QTVI’s.
We provide specialist support to children and young people with reduced vision that cannot be corrected by wearing glasses and whose visual impairment has an impact on their education.
We support children and young people from pre-school right up to employment. The support we offer includes:
- Functional Vision Assessments which help us to assess the difficulties your child may be experiencing.
- As Specialist staff we advise on specialist curriculum including Braille, mobility, access and IT.
- We contribute to assessment and the production of EHC Plans.
- We attend Annual Reviews for students in mainstream schools in the borough, and for students attending specialist schools and provisions both in and out of borough.
- We provide support to schools and parents in preparing students for the transition into primary school and onto secondary school, college and University.
- Linking with professionals who may also be involved with your child, including therapists and the post 16 team.
- Signposting you to services including voluntary and charitable which offer support to children and families.
How can I access this service?
We accept referrals from NHS professionals and schools either through the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) system or by direct referral to the Head of Service
Susan.KingO’Neill@southwark.gov.uk using this form VI REFERRAL FORM (187KB - DOCX).
We use the Team Around the Child approach (TAC) to sustain a multi agency partnership.
If you have concerns about your child’s vision, either;
- contact your GP
- talk to the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) who will contact us.
The service follows Southwark’s policy on confidentiality and data protection.
- We share reports with schools and professionals involved with your child.
- We have a duty to report safeguarding issues if appropriate