RSBC (Royal Society for Blind Children) Families First Service


RSBC understands that having a visual impairment can be an enormous challenge both for children and young people as well as for their families. Whether a condition is diagnosed at or shortly after birth or develops during childhood or adolescence, the implications are significant, and many people families will want or need some help to manage these. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.


Alongside our colleagues in health and education, who can support the practical aspects of managing a visual impairment, we are able to offer emotional support to children and families.


RSBC Family Practitioner within the RSBC Families First service provides support focused on a family's emotional needs, particularly at times of difficulty such as diagnosis, deterioration of vision and life events such as starting or moving school.


As a service we aim to provide evidence-based interventions that build emotional resilience, improve coping skills and promote positive parenting. With the child or young person at the centre of our work, we offer a holistic approach which considers the needs of the whole family and looks to work in partnership with the child or young person and their family.

    RSBC Services are fully accessible during COVID19. F2F interactions will be permitted as per governmental advice. 

    This service provides the following Coronavirus services:

  • Social and leisure activities
  • Finance, housing and advice
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Children and families
  • Training and employment

    This service covers the following area(s):

  • Skipton
  • Upper Dales
  • Malton
  • Whitby
  • Knaresborough
  • Harrogate
  • Ripon
  • Northallerton
  • Selby
  • Scarborough
  • Catterick Garrison

    The following functions are relevant to this service:

  • Advice and benefits
  • Benefits
  • Children and family care
  • Educational support

Some services may only be suitable to a specific age range or to those who meet specific criteria. The following eligibility criteria applies to this service:


  • No restrictions apply


  • 0-1
  • 1-3
  • 4-11
  • 12-16
  • 17-25


  • No restrictions apply

Amount How often From To

The following facilities and adaptations are available:

Communication assistance

  • Braille

Last updated: 03/06/2021