Young People

CLAPA is committed to safeguarding the people of all ages and backgrounds who use our services. Click to find out more about how we make safeguarding a priority.

CLAPA’s children and young people’s services aim to give young people born with a cleft the chance to connect with each other, and a safe space to share their thoughts. This section is under development, so if there’s anything you’d like to see here, please get in touch!

Contact: Sally Carpenter, CLAPA’s Children and Young People’s Officer, [email protected]

Join our Young People’s Facebook Group

Join CLAPA’s Facebook Group for under 18s to connect with others like you all around the UK. This closed group won’t show up on your profile, so you can post and comment privately.

  • Join Youth Forward

    CLAPA's Youth Forward Community is for under 18s born with a cleft lip and palate. Join today to get a quarterly newsletter packed with pictures, stories, events and opportunities from others like you!

  • Treatment and Surgery

    Find information on cleft treatment and get advice about coping with everything from braces to surgery in our 'Teenagers' treatment section.

  • Videos

    Videos and media created by young people born with a cleft.

  • Events

    From Residential Weekends to activity days, CLAPA runs events up and down the UK for young people born with a cleft. Find one near you!

  • Your Stories

    Read stories from other young people born with a cleft about their experiences. Submissions are always open if you'd like to share your own story!

  • Children & Young People's Council

    The CYPC is a group of 9-17 year olds born with a cleft from all around the UK. They meet up 4 times a year to help CLAPA improve services and better support young people in our community.

CLAPA is committed to safeguarding the welfare of everyone who accesses our services, and has strict policies and procedures in place to protect under 18s.

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