Queensway Orthodontics and Kidscape unite together this Anti-Bullying Week

Queensway Orthodontics and Kidscape unite together this Anti-Bullying Week to help children grow in confidence and challenge bullying.

Queensway Orthodontics and Kidscape have launched a new partnership to coincide with the launch of Anti-Bullying Week, held from the 16-20th November in schools throughout England and Wales.

The theme of Anti-Bullying Week this year is ‘United Against Bullying’ and by working together, Queensway Orthodontics and Kidscape hope to help many thousands of children grow in confidence, resilience and self-esteem, more able to challenge bullying and navigate life’s challenges.

Kidscape is a bullying prevention charity working with children, families and schools throughout England and Wales. They are best known for running ZAP resilience and assertiveness workshops in schools and the community, helping children recognise and respond to bullying. Queensway Orthodontics, who run five practices in the North East of England, see thousands of children each year and are passionate about helping children to grow in confidence – both inside and out!

As well as raising vital funds for the charity, members of the Queensway Orthodontics team will train as Kidscape Community Leaders, able to identify, help and signpost children and families who may be impacted by bullying.

Queensway Orthodontics and Kidscape will work together in the coming months on a confidence campaign, sharing advice and resources to help children grow in confidence and self-esteem, proud of who they are, kind and considerate towards others, and looking towards a bright future.

They hope that this will encourage many others working in orthodontics and dentistry to look for broader opportunities to positively influence and inspire young lives.

Guy Deeming, Specialist Orthodontist, said:

‘We have been aware of the close relationship our orthodontic work has to improve the confidence of young people for many years. To provide additional support to patients, young people and families who are struggling with a lack of confidence, bullying and the consequences, is an obvious and progression I think. As part of our unique partnership with Kidscape we will be able offer support directly via our Community Leaders and indirectly through the incredible work of the fantastic Kidscape team. At the heart of this initiative is our desire to look after the whole person and not just the teeth. Straight teeth are great but a confident smile is even better!’

Lauren Seager-Smith, CEO of Kidscape said:

‘We all have a role to play in building kind, caring communities that work together to keep children safe from bullying and harm. We are thrilled to be working with Queensway Orthodontics to help children grow in confidence, and to reach children and families who may have concerns about bullying and would welcome further support.’

For more information on the partnership visit www.queensway.co.uk

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