Integrated Children’s Services, One Capital Court, Bittern Road, Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, Devon EX2 7FW 0330 024 5321

Welcome to Devon ROVIC Service

The Re/habilitation Officers for Visually Impaired Children (ROVIC) service is part of the Devon Integrated Children’s Service (ICS), commissioned to work across all settings and in partnership with health, social care and education professionals.

What is a ROVIC?

A Rehabilitation Officer for Visually Impaired Children (ROVIC) is qualified and proficient in their practice to assess, advise, create and deliver training programmes for babies, children and young people (0 – 18 years), who have significant visual difficulties impacting on how they reach and develop skills.

Our ROVIC service provides habilitation (the initial acquisition of skills) and rehabilitation (re-establishing skills),

and rehabilitation (re-establishing of skills), within home, community, health and educational settings, as well as providing support and liaison services within the ophthalmic paediatric eye clinics in hospital settings across the Devon areas:

  • Exeter
  • Torbay
  • Newton Abbot
  • Barnstaple

Alongside habilitation and rehabilitation provision, our ROVIC service provides specialist and holistic assessments, in accordance to deafblind guidance legislation, for children and young people (0-18yrs) who have a combination of sensory impairments causing a multi-sensory impairment.

What do ROVICs do?

We assess functional visual responses and behaviours of infants, children and young people.

We monitor the developing functional abilities in relation to movement and independence, and whether their visual difficulty is likely to impede on access to or achievement of:

  • Inclusion, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Age appropriate independence and social interactions
  • Skilful, relaxed and safe orientation and mobility
  • Access and navigation within and around home, community and educational settings

Our assessments are child-centred, and offer practical advice, information and personalised training.

ROVICs promote understanding, confidence and independence of each individual’s visual and non-visual abilities to:

  • Develop, progress and use vision to an individual’s fullest functional potential
  • Access and achieve orientation, mobility, navigation and movement
  • Inclusion and participation of interpersonal, organisational and daily living activities
  • Communicate and interact


We offer information on:

  • Policy guidance on the care and support for deaf-blind children
  • Benefits and concessions specific to visual impairment and registration status
  • Local and national resources, services and provisions available to children or young people who are visually or multi-sensory impaired
  • Support for parents and carers
  • Awareness and training related to visual or multi-sensory impairment
  • Design, modifications and accessibility of settings and/or environments
  • Certification and registration of visual impairment

People with special needs and additional information guides

We provide all our leaflets in other languages and formats. Please let us know if you would like a different format or language.
NHS 111 provides a confidential interpreter service in many other languages if required. For deaf people and those hard of hearing, a text phone service is available on 111.

Devon Children’s Services website

For more information, advice and toolkits please visit our website

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the Government’s health watchdog, responsible for ensuring that healthcare services registered with it provide high quality care that is safe, effective and compassionate. The CQC inspected our service in June 2017 and rated it as ‘good’. View CQC report.

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How does the service work?

The first thing that we will do is contact you to arrange a meeting for your child. All the work we do is created specifically for your child. We assess both home and school environments advising on adaptations which assist your child to access these independently. We do this in conjunction with other professionals.

How soon will my child be seen?

Following referral, we will ensure that we see your child as soon as possible. While we can’t be specific in this guide, we will contact you to discuss when we can see your child.

How will I get feedback about my child?

Keeping you involved in your child’s care is important to us. We’ll keep you updated on your child’s progress either face-to-face or in writing.

Who will treat my child?

Our team is dedicated to providing every child with the best care we can and every clinician has undertaken specific training.

Every member of our team has to provide evidence of their registration, training and criminal records status before they can work with your child.

Your child’s records

We record all the information about your child confidentially on our clinical system.

Click here to get more information about how we use health records.

Our commitment to you and your child

Virgin Care takes you and your child’s dignity and privacy very seriously and we will at all times respect your confidentiality.

Please treat our staff with respect so we can provide you with the very best care we can.

Click here to find out more about your rights and responsibilities.

What if you have a concern?

Please let us know if you have a comment, a compliment or a complaint by filling out one of our feedback forms that can be found within all of our service locations or telling a member of the team.

Alternatively, if you would like to make an official complaint you can find out more from our How to make a complaint section by clicking here.

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I was treated with great care and understanding. The care I received was second to none; everyone was so lovely.

Sapphire Ward, Gravesham Hospital