Every year, over 540,000 people in the UK are estimated to acquire a disfiguring condition to their face, hands or body – from birth

Supporting a child or young person whose appearance is unusual

If you are working with a child or young person whose appearance is unusual, you will want to ensure that they develop the social skills, confidence and self-esteem to enable them to thrive and achieve, at school and beyond.

Our teacher’s guides enable you to support a child whose appearance is unusual with everything from managing other people’s reactions (e.g. staring, curiosity, avoidance) to working with family and also with health professionals. Teasing, bullying or ostracism often target a child whose appearance is distinctive – your and your colleagues’ skilled and confident interventions will be vital. These guides also enable you to support your pupil or student to develop good social skills, positive self-perception and high self-esteem.

From the menu at the left, select the relevant age group, and then select the topics or issues you need.