Service for Children and Young People with Visual Impairment

Service for Children and Young People with Visual Impairment


About the Visual Impairment Team


Head of Service for Children & Young People with Visual Impairment and Contact:


       Anne Lomas      
Early Years - Specialist Teachers      Hayley Cooper  
       Susanne Jenkins  
Early Years - Specialist Practitioner      Joanne Hey  
Schools - Specialist Teachers      Claire Griffiths  
       Laura Brooks  
       Andrew Greenwood  
       Yvonne Smith  
       John Lee  
Specialist Technology Officers      Robert Bergman  



     Jim Armitage


Senior Habilitation Officer      Gwynneth Evans  
Habilitation Officer      Andrew Lambert  
       Alan Scholes  
Business Manager      Tracey Wright  


Department of Children's Services
Service for Children and Young People with Visual Impairment
7th Floor
Margaret McMillan Tower
Prince’s Way

Tel: 01274 439254








What we can offer you.

Client Group

The VI Team provide an assessment, advisory and teaching service for babies, children and young people aged from birth to 19 years of age. The children have an identifiable ophthalmic condition and a reduced level of visual function which, even when corrected by spectacles if appropriate, may have an impact on their learning, access to the curriculum and inclusion.

Range of Services

Children referred to the VI Team will be placed on the caseload of a Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired (QTVI), who will be the named contact for parents/carers, schools and settings. Other appropriately qualified and experienced staff may also work with the child.

The VI Team can accept referrals if the child:

  • Is aged under 5 (from birth to the end of the Foundation Stage)
  • Attends a maintained school in the Bradford District
  • Is resident in the Bradford District and has a statement of SEN

The Team provides a service to children, their parents, carers, schools and settings

  • Information and support to parents and carers
  • Guidance relating to an individual child following observation, assessment and monitoring of functional vision
  • Liaison with other agencies involved with the child
  • Advice on strategies which promote the inclusion of children with visual impairment
  • Support and training for individuals and for groups of staff
  • Specialist skills teaching appropriate to the needs of the individual child
  • Involvement in meetings, assessment, planning and review, in line with the SEN Code of Practice
  • Assessment and advice on access technology as appropriate
  • Advice and/or loans of specialist resources
  • Opportunities for the individual child to meet and talk with a Specialist Teacher.



Access to Services

  • For Pre-5 children referrals may come from anyone involved with the child (parent/carer, setting, clinician, health visitor etc.). The initial referral may be supported by an EA1 notification from Health in order to involve other teams from Children's Services as appropriate.
  • For children and young people attending schools maintained by Bradford Council referrals at School Action Plus (or Early Years Action Plus) should be made by the school or setting (use form TSSR).

On receipt of a referral the Head of Service will write to the parents/carers in order to gain informed consent for the involvement of the Team. Parents/carers and referrer will be told the name of the link specialist teacher following allocation. Allocation will be dependent upon the severity of VI needs of the child and on the current capacity within the Team. 


Useful Information:

RNIB Guide for parents





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