Visual Impairment (VI) Team

The VI Team is part of SENSS.

For more information about other SENSS teams please refer to our local offer pages.

What is important to us (our values)?

We work in partnership to secure good outcomes and a positive future for children and young people with visual impairment.

Our aim is that children and young people with visual impairment make good progress, achieve well and enjoy school, family and community life.

What we do

  • Provide family-focused support from the confirmation of visual impairment.
  • Support, advise and empower staff in schools and settings to understand the needs of children and young people with visual impairment.
  • Provide assessment and advice in relation to the child / young person’s visual impairment.
  • Ensure that the views, wishes, perspectives and experiences of the children and young people are fully reflected in their provision.
  • Support children and young people to develop a positive understanding of their own visual impairment.
  • Carry out assessments in relation to specialist equipment.

Who we offer this service to

We work with children and young people who have:

  • A permanent visual impairment which cannot be corrected by glasses
  • Any visual impairment which may affect educational progress

How and when we do it

  • We are a service which is available during school term time.
  • We work primarily in schools and educational settings, but also in homes, where necessary.
  • We have a range of professionals in our teams including specialist advisory teachers of visual impairment, support workers and technicians.
  • We work closely with SENCOs, class teachers, teaching assistants and other support staff in schools.
  • We liaise closely with families and we work collaboratively with other agencies involved with the child.
  • We provide advice, support, interventions and some direct teaching.
  • We offer a range of training from individual training around a child’s needs to whole school and area based specialist courses to support continuing professional development

Other details

Supporting people with:

  • Visual impairment
  • Referral required?
  • Yes
  • Referral and availability notes
  • Referrals are made direct from specialist eye hospitals.

Schools and parents/carers can contact the team for advice.


We respect the need for confidentiality and the responsible and informed sharing of personal information. If there are concerns regarding a child’s safety we would, having, where possible, initially identified our concerns with the parents/ carers, liaise with Social Care in accordance with Oxfordshire’s Safeguarding Children procedures.

Comments and Complaints

If you wish to make a comment, give a compliment or make a complaint about the service, please contact SENSS on 01865 323070 and ask to speak to a senior manager.

Or you can email the service at Alternatively use the council's main comments and complaints service