Teachers and education professionals can help children face disfigurement with confidence

Face Equality Workshops in Scotland

Our Face Equality workshops in Scotland promote inclusion and respect for those who have a visual difference. Through interactive games and discussions, children and young people learn about appearance-related bullying, how to empathise with others and gain practical skills for difficult situations.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this service is not currently being offered. However, we have developed a set of guides to support the teaching of these themes.

Resources for teachers

Our classroom resources provide short activities to help children understand that people are different from one another, exploring themes such as treating everyone fairly and bullying. 

Our teacher’s guides explain ways you can support a child who has a disfigurement or whose appearance is unusual. They are split into age-appropriate sections and provide advice on many issues such as identifying low self-esteem and how to deal with staring, teasing and bullying.

We are also planning to launch more resources in 2021.

The need for education in schools and youth groups

During 2019 we ran over 30 workshops in Scottish schools and youth groups, reaching more than 3,000 teachers, children and young people. Feedback was positive, with children describing the workshops as inspirational and helpful in knowing what to say to people with a visible difference.  

Our research with 1,500 young people aged 7-17 years in 2018, found that fewer than 1 in 3 young people in the UK said they would be friends with someone with a disfigurement. It also highlighted the important role schools play in tackling appearance-related bullying, finding that most nasty or negative comments were made by people at school (59%).

For more information read the full report.