Protecting local vision services for children and young people

Right now, your local council could be deciding how they will support children and young people with vision impairment. Every year councils look at their budgets and make difficult decisions about which services they want to change or stop providing.

The system of support for children and young people with vision impairment in England is disintegrating. Children are falling into a vacuum and too many are being let down by a lack of appropriate support to access the curriculum and to learn vital social, communication and mobility skills.

What we’re doing to protect local vision services

As councils review their budgets, we’re monitoring any potential risks to current services, and will be putting on pressure to ensure that vital support for children and young people with vision impairment is protected. 

What you can do

The best way to protect local vision services is by making sure that councils hear from the children, young people and parents who use their services. If this is you, we’ve put together some handy resources to help you work with your council to ensure that any changes support you or your child to achieve the best possible outcomes. You can also take a look at the briefing we’ve put together for councils in the next section.

What local authorities can do

If you work for a local authority we’ve produced a briefing that pulls together good practice, legislation and guidance into a checklist of eight questions to ensure that the very best outcomes for children and young people are met.

Help us build a bright future for children and young people with vision impairment

The current system of support for children and young people with vision impairment is disintegrating and letting them down.

If you’re a young person with vision impairment, a parent or professional we want to hear from you. Help us plan a new campaign to ensure every child and young person gets the support they need.

Tell us about your experiences today