Disfigurement in the UK was published on Friday 26th May 2017

Disfigurement in the UK

On Face Equality Day, 26th May 2017, Changing Faces published Disfigurement in the UK, a ground-breaking new report on the experiences of people who live with a condition, mark or scar affecting their appearance.

Based on more than 800 responses to an extensive survey which ran last winter, Disfigurement in the UK looks at every aspect of people’s lives, including school, work, relationships, health care and crime. If is the first time such an extensive survey has been carried out and the results will inform Changing Faces’ work for long into the future.




Key findings

Many of the findings in Disfigurement in the UK are truly shocking. In summary, we found:

  • that having a disfigurement can often lead to a lack of aspiration in education, in work, and in personal relationships, often confirmed by teachers, employers and others who have lower expectations of them;
  • that this lack of aspiration and opportunity can lead to a resignation that this is how things will always be, and consequently unfairness and discrimination go unchallenged; and
  • that authorities who should stand up to prejudice are failing to do so effectively even when they are alerted to it.

The evidence in Disfigurement in the UK is compelling and in her foreword to the report, the Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge says that it shows how people with a disfigurement have been ‘left behind in Britain’s progress towards being a fair and equal society’.

You can read the report online by clicking the links in the left hand menu or download it here.

Press information

For further information, please contact the Changing Faces Press Office on 020 7391 9283 / 020 7391 9276 / 07823 348125 or email press@changingfaces.org.uk.