Provide more support workers for families & children living with sight loss

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Provide more support workers for families & children living with sight loss

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RSBC (Royal Society for Blind Children) started this petition to NHS

The Royal London Society for Blind People has existed for 175 years to help blind and partially sighted young people live life without limits.

RLSB and the RNIB have published a report called Sight Impaired at Age Seven, which underlines the challenges facing children living with sight loss in the UK and highlights the need for greater intervention and support during a child’s early years.

Key facts to emerge from the report are:

• 50 per cent live in households with a weekly income below £300
• Both parents and teachers were more likely to report that children with vision impairment are bullied at school
• Twice as many children with vision impairment told us that they are bullied ‘all of the time’ at school
• Parents told us that children with sight loss are twice as likely as fully sighted children to have emotional, concentration or behavioral difficulties

RLSB believes that the only way to tackle the challenges is through early intervention, because a child’s early experiences with family and in society have a huge influence on their later life. We believe that if vision impaired people do not get appropriate support early on, their life chances decrease.

For example two thirds of registered blind and partially sighted people of working age are not in employment.

The earlier we are able to offer help to the child and their family, the better. RLSB wants to see more consistency across London and the South East in supporting people in hospital settings. We are calling on the NHS to support a greater presence of Family Advice Workers in hospital eye departments for families to turn to.

We want a fresh look at how we help and support vision impaired children and young people, and their families, right from the initial diagnosis. Please sign this petition to help ensure that there is adequate support for vision impaired children and their families within hospital eye departments, so that they get the help they need and have the best possible start in life.

I hope we can count on your support to deliver the changes that are needed.

Best wishes

Dr Tom Pey
RLSB chief executive

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