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A self-esteem approach to building body confidence in children aged 4-13

2nd February 2018, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Body image and its impact upon self-esteem and mental health is an issue that increasingly affects younger children. Research has found that body image is the single biggest worry for 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys (aged 10); that three quarters of ten and eleven year olds would like to change their appearance; and that children as young as 4 are worrying about their weight and looks.

It is vital to children’s wellbeing that we work to promote children’s emotional resilience to the pressures they are under and help them to develop body confidence. This seminar will improve your understanding of the issue and equip you to offer practical support in order to address this topic in a sensitive manner.

Key Learning:

  • Discuss up to date research about body image and the impact on children’s self-esteem and mental health.
  • Consider how to spot the warning signs of a poor body image in children
  • Think about the link between poor body confidence and eating disorders
  • Learn evidence based strategies and ideas to raise children’s body confidence
  • Explore practical, age-appropriate activities to use with children aged 4-13

Facilitator bio

Nicky Hutchinson and Chris Calland are body image specialists and education consultants who work internationally to promote body confidence and good mental health in children. They work with parents, researchers, practitioners and children to promote body confidence. They have written an evidence based body image programme for schools in the book ‘Body Image in the Primary School, and also wrote ‘Minnie and Max are OK!’ , A story book for 3-7s. They received a parliamentary award for their work and advise the government on children’s body image. They speak regularly at conferences and in the media discussing the importance of supporting children to develop a positive self-esteem and body confidence.


2nd February 2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Children in Scotland
0131 313 8827


Children in Scotland
Level 1 Rosebery House
Edinburgh , EH12 5EZ United Kingdom
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