We know that the bullying of children with unusual appearances is all too common

Anti-Bullying

We’ve put together a range of resources to help you deal with bullying in schools. But we need to know who you are…

You might also find that our Ten Top Tips for making your school a great place to come and learn, where youngsters feel safe and motivated, and are less likely to resort to bullying, are useful.

Our Anti-bullying Policy Guideline for Schools address fairness and inclusion, as well as the social, psychological and well-being needs of all children. The advice and recommendations offered in this document will help schools to foster a positive and inclusive school experience for all children and young people, in line with statutory guidance specific to the education systems of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Find out more about the free training workshops we run in Scotland to equip staff with the social skills they need to prevent appearance-related bullying. Recent research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission discovered that one in four pupils surveyed said they were aware of peers in their school experiencing prejudice-based bullying.

Feedback from our previous workshops has been very positive. More than two-thirds of attendees said they felt more skilled and confident in supporting the psychological and social needs of pupils with disfigurements and their peers.

The workshops also help staff to use appropriate language to defuse situations regarding the issue of disfigurement and tackle the reactions of other pupils towards a child with an unusual appearance.

We have education specialists who can help you and your school deal with issues around bullying where a pupil is affected by an unusual appearance. Please email Dr Jane Frances or call us on 0345 450 0275. In Scotland please email Alexis Camble or call 0131 516 8609.

If you need to contact us for support with bullying, our free and confidential Support, Information & Advice Service is available 10am-4pm weekdays on 0300 012 0275 or by email support@changingfaces.org.uk.

Photograph: Marcus and friends, photographed by Christopher Thomond for The Guardian.

This year’s Anti-Bullying Week is 13 – 17 November 2017. Watch this space.