Charity appeals for better treatment of disfigured patients

Changing Faces is using its first piece of research into public attitudes towards serious facial scarring to call for the introduction of social skills and training programmes into the NHS treatment of disfigured patients.

The charity's new research reveals that 91 per cent of people believe that someone who is disfigured is likely to have problems finding work in professions that involve face-to-face customer contact.

It also says that less than a third of Britons are as accepting of disfigurement as they are of other disabilities.

James Partridge of Changing Faces says that the research will act as ammunition in the charity's battle to end discrimination and change public attitudes to people with facial disfigurements.

"We hope that the Government will start to listen to our calls for social skills and training to be provided to those who have to go out into the world and deal with negative attitudes on the street, at work and in schools," he said.

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