Changing Faces is the leading UK charity that supports and represents people who have disfigurements to the face, hand or body from any cause. We were founded in 1992 by James Partridge OBE, Chief Executive, who was injured in a car fire when he was 18 years old. Today we have a team of 25 professionals with expertise in psychology, education, employment, health and social care, media and campaigning.
Our work involves:
Providing personal support for children, young people, adults and families
Working with schools, employers, health and social care professionals to ensure a culture of inclusion for people with disfigurements
Campaigning for social change by working with the media, government and opinion leaders.
As a parent or carer, it can often be difficult to come to terms with the fact that your child looks different and you may have very real concerns about your child's future: how will they get on at school or make friends; how can you help them to develop self-confidence and self-esteem? Finding out about your child's condition or treatment options can also be a bewildering experience.
If your child is very young, you will probably find people's reactions to your child more distressing than they will. One of the biggest challenges facing parents is learning to handle other people's reactions to your child effectively. If you can learn to do this, you will also be able to help your child manage the staring, questions or name-calling that may occur as they grow up and become aware of their difference.
Being able to talk to family, friends or organisations like Changing Faces can help you to cope with your feelings and make sense of what has happened. Also, knowing how to take control in difficult situations and how to get the help and advice you need can make a big difference to your confidence and most importantly, to the self-confidence and self-esteem of your child.