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Changing the way you face disfigurement - a guide for employers

Nick Thorpe
08/06/2015
Fieldfisher is very proud to support Changing Faces, one of two charities voted by our staff as Fieldfisher Charity of the Year. Changing Faces is a charity for people and families who are living with Fieldfisher is very proud to support Changing Faces, one of two charities voted by our staff as Fieldfisher Charity of the Year. Changing Faces is a charity for people and families who are living with conditions, marks or scars that affect their appearance. They aim to help individuals lead full, confident and satisfying lives. They also aim to transform public attitudes towards people with an unusual appearance.

Changing Faces' goal is "face equality", promoting fair treatment and equal opportunities for all, irrespective of how they look. To this end, Changing Faces has recently published guidance on how to handle the sensitive issue of disfigurement in the recruitment process.

With almost one in every hundred people of working age having an unusual facial appearance, many fear that reactions from employers and recruitment agencies will jeopardise their chances of employment. At the same time, many interviewers are fearful of asking the wrong thing, using inappropriate words or being accused of discrimination. The guidance provides advice on how to ensure that talented and capable individuals are not left out of the selection process and employers are not losing out on high quality candidates.

For an information sheet with further detail and to download the guides, please visit whatsuccesslookslike.org.uk/guides.

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