News Updates

Watch this space for relevant news items, New Vacancies, forthcoming events and appropriate links

Habviuk guidance long cane measurement


Our last conference on 1st March 2017 was a great success.  Presentations can now be found on the Members pages.

Future Conferences or other events will be listed here.


You can find Habilitation VIUK on facebook, but

Did you know Habviuk has a closed members facebook page? Find us on

We also have a strong range of Pinterest Boards images pinterest

We would welcome your contributions on both these.



Image result for news gif

News will appear regularly on our facebook page and on our twitter feed. Some items,  that you may wish to refer back to will appear here or in resources.

Habilitation VI UK has issued Guidance on measuring long canes

Habviuk guidance long cane measurement


Follow the links to latest vacancies

or email if you have a post to advertise

 New Vacancy posted 15 September 2017


looking for an enthusiastic, skilled and committed Habilitation Specialist to join our successful team within Specialist Inclusion Service, supporting children and young people with visual impairment across the borough.

Your role will be to work in the Visual Impairment Team supporting the habilitation needs of children and young people with a visual impairment. You will develop individually tailored programmes and training based on the identified needs of children and young people 0 – 19 years. You will ensure positive transitions from home into all settings including into adult services as appropriate. You will work in home, school and public settings with children, their families and a range of professionals.

The successful candidate must have:

* Nationally recognised qualification in Habilitation training for children and young people with a visual impairment
* Knowledge of visual impairment and its impact on daily life
* Excellent interpersonal skills to engage and motivate learners, parents and staff.
* A strong commitment to inclusion and ensuring all pupils realise their potential.
* Effective organisational skills.
* A commitment to multi-agency teamwork and person-centred approaches.
* A commitment to continued professional development including attendance at relevant training courses and regional events.
* Own transport

How To Apply

For more information regarding this post please contact: Michelle Jones on 394111

Closing Date: Thursday, 28th September 2017
Interview Date: W/C 11th October

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. Applicants to posts that are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act will require a DBS (formerly CRB) from the Disclosure and Barring Service before the appointment is confirmed.

Habilitation Officer

• Closing date:  15 September 2017

• Interview date: w/c 2 October 2017

Click here to go to website.

Joseph Clarke School has an excellent reputation for VI education that draws pupils aged 3-19 from 12 different London Boroughs, Essex and Hertfordshire.  It has spaces for 100 pupils, and is currently expanding to 140 places. This is an exciting time to join as we are an expanding school and have just moved into a fantastic new building which is part of a redevelopment programme

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and committed Habilitation Officer to encourage and maximise the independence, inclusion and achievement of children and young people with sight loss, in education and within their community.

You will undertake assessment of the mobility and independence needs of children and young people attending Joseph Clarke School.

The post involves visits to schools, families and education settings.

You will need

• To hold a recognised Habilitation Officer qualification for Visual Impairment

• To have experience of working with families with children with disabilities.

• Experience of planning and delivering mobility programmes to people with sight loss

We can offer

·       Mentor support from an experienced practitioner

·       Support for on-going professional development

·       Opportunity to support Habilitation Officers in training

Salary details; grade PO1 scale point 33 salary £31,170pa

Start date:     As soon as a Disclosure and Barring Service check has been received

About Us

Whitefield Academy Trust comprises:

Whitefield Schools – based in Walthamstow that provides specialist education for pupils with complex needs including communication and interaction difficulties.

Joseph Clarke School – based nearby in Highams Park and highly regarded for its expertise in vision impairment.

Both Schools attract pupils from across London and surrounding counties and together have more than 425 pupils on roll.

Our Research and Development Centre provides support, training and resources for both school staff and other professionals.  It also hosts an excellent library and an Outreach Service which supports pupils across 4 Local Authorities.

Waltham Forest as an area combines the best aspects of vibrant city living with easy access to some beautiful green spaces. It has excellent transport links.

To find out more about the Academy and to download an application form:

Visit  or contact the Personnel Department:

Tel: 020 8531 3426.

Whitefield is uncompromising in its commitment to safeguarding children and young people.

• Closing date:  15 September 2017

• Interview date: w/c 2 October 2017

•            Outer London Weighting applies




Register with HabVIUK

Hab Specialist Registration documents are now on the website.