RLSB provides a range of services for blind and partially sighted children and young people across London and the SE.
Overview of the service
RLSB is a long established voluntary organisation providing services to support blind and partially sighted children, young people and their families.
Communication and interaction needs
Cognition and learning needs
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Specific or complex health needs
Categories of need
0-2, 3-4, 5-7, 12-15, 16-18, 18-20, 20-25
Who we provide for
Our services tale place on weekdays and weekends throughout the year.
What we do
Provides opportunities for blind and partially sighted children age 10-25 in the London Borough of Sutton to participate in a weekend sports club.
Runs a residential specialist college for blind and partially sighted young people aged 16-25 from London and the South East.
Employability programmes and support for blind and partially sighted young people aged 18-25.
Is there a waiting list?
Are there any taster sessions?
Do you need a support worker?
Can you take your support worker with you?
Does parent / carer have to stay?
Is parent / carer allowed to stay?
Can siblings attend?
Staff SEND skills
All teaching staff at Dorton College hold the MQ in vision impairment.
All staff in the residential houses have or are working towards a level 3 qualification.
All staff delivering services have induction and ongoing CPD which covers all statutory requirements and which equips them to work effectively with blind and partially sighted children and young people.
Have staff had safeguarding training in last year?
Staff Disability Awareness trained in last year?
Are staff trained in specialist interventions?
Are there staff trained in manual handling?
Assessing child safety
The RLSB has a strong commitment to safeguarding a d all appropriate policies and procedures are in place including Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults (including the Prevent Duty), Health and Safety, Risk Assessment.
All staff have the appropriate checks and the principles of “Safer recruitment” are adhered to.
All staff receive training on child and vulnerable adult protection every 2 years. Designated persons are appropriately trained and their training refreshed every 2 years.
Self (family) referral and form other agencies
Deciding who can use the service
All children and young people who access the services have vision impairment. Some of them have additional learning, physical and medical needs.
For Dorton College students the young people are assessed and a place offered on the basis that:
The college can meet the young person’s educational needs including clear progression routes
The young person is accepted onto a course at our partnership mainstream colleges.
Is there a charge for the service?
Portable hoist as required in the college residential setting
Dorton College – Bromley
Sports programme – Crystal Palace
Employability – Central London and Merton Vision
We send out monthly emails to those who sign up to our parent or beneficiary newsletter. Feedback is taken after sessions from those who use our services so we can get their views on the service and what they would like to see more of.
The emails we send out to beneficiaries and our website are accessible for vision impaired people.
We have printed and online leaflets and resource packs with information on our work and the services we provide blind young people (see rlsb.org.uk/resources).
We also have an online events calendar which is regularly updated with all the dates for the services we provide (see rlsb.org.uk/events)
We have provided learning events for parents with vision impaired children in the past and hope to have more in the near future.
More information about our services is available on our website: rlsb.org.uk
Is the service fully accessible?
Through appropriate differentiation and adjustment.