Developing self esteem

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Growing up is about growing into a confident adult with a range of close friendships, including sexual relationships. It is about developing self esteem, a good body image and the confidence to be happy with who you are.

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Tips for developing your child’s self esteem

All children and families are different, and what works for some may not work for others. What feels right for you and your child is very important. The following suggestions from parents and disabled young people may help.

I think one person who sticks in my mind is Tanni Grey-Thompson. The reason for this is because she has done so well for herself. Winning marathons and Olympics really shows us disabled people it can be done.


Bullying can happen to any child, but children with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) are more likely to be bullied. However, it is important to remember that not all children experience bullying.

Visit our bullying webpages for advice on what you and the school can do to deal with bullying.

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