Children, young people and families in Scotland

We support blind and partially sighted children and young people from birth to 25 years, their families and carers, and the professionals who support them.

In addition to our usual provision, we have put in place new activities to help families and professionals during the current national lockdown.

How we can help

Our services in Scotland include:

  • Information and advice to parents and carers, supporting them with regards to education, health and social work.

  • The way sight loss is registered in Scotland has changed. Arrangements for supporting children and young people aged under 16 now follows the Visual Impairment Network for Children and Young People (VINCYP) Pathway. Download the Scotland Registration Changes document to find out more.

  • Our Shape and Share events bring children, young people and their families together for peer support, sharing knowledge and advice, and trying out new fun activities. View our new programme of events for the first part of 2021. Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation these will continue to be delivered online, though we hope to resume face-to-face events as soon as we can.

  • Advocating on behalf of children, young people and their families at local authority, national and government level.

  • Training for teachers, parents, health and social work professionals and other relevant organisations.

  • Haggeye, our youth engagement forum for blind and partially sighted young people aged 12 – 25 years in Scotland helps young people to raise awareness of what it’s like to be blind or partially sighted. Haggeye Jnrs is for children aged 5-12 years with vision impairment and their families. Haggeye Tots provides an opportunity for families of children from birth to five years old and their families. 

  • Trying out technology - our Technology Education Loan Library (TELL) initiative offers a range of aids and equipments to help blind and partially sighted school pupils in Scotland. Schools can borrow these free of charge for up to six weeks (longer loans may be available on request).

Get in touch

You can contact our RNIB Scotland's Children, Young People and Families team at: [email protected] or by calling our helpline on 0303 123 9999.

Children and young people with learning disabilities, complex needs and sight conditions:

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