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Guide: Supporting children with vision and sensory impairment


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Important referral route update

Devon County Council’s ROVIC Service has been supported in partnership with Children and Family Health Devon through the Single point of access (SPA) for many years.

From the 31st March 2024 Devon County Council have developed an alternative route to request services. Referrals for the ROVIC team will be submitted directly to the ROVIC Service effective as of 1st April 2024.

Parents, Carers and Professionals can request our services using the online request for service form.

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) and Devon County Council (DCC) will continue to work in partnership to support children and young people and families in Devon, during this transition.

We know that this is a big change for families and we are working hard to ensure this is a seamless transition.  If you have any comments or concerns Devon County Council are receiving feedback via a request for feedback form.

ROVIC stands for Re/Habilitation Officer for Visually Impaired Children. 

The ROVIC service supports children with vision and Deafblind/Dual sensory impairment.  

Our service is part of Devon County Council’s Disabled Children’s Services. We are a county-wide team supporting children and young people from birth to 18 years who have; vision, dual sensory (vision and hearing impairment) and deafblind impairment. 

We provide:

  • advice
  • information
  • assessment
  • skills training
  • awareness training

We offer support to those who live within the Devon Local Authority boundaries. 

We understand the importance of teaching young people skills for life. Therefore, our child-centred practice also includes skills training for families, parents, carers and professionals. 

We are qualified practitioners who undertake assessments and teach habilitation (learning new skills) and rehabilitation (re-establishing skills) to young people and their support networks to promote confidence and independence. 

Our assessments and training programmes can occur in a variety of places, including; at home, public and educational settings. 

This enables children and young people to learn and develop both life skills and independence skills at home, school and in the community. 

We work alongside and in partnership with health, education, social care and voluntary organisations.