Young People

CLAPA’s children and young people’s service aims to give young people born with a cleft the chance to connect with each other, build friendships and self confidence.

On these pages you’ll find out about the latest exciting events and you can also learn about the CLAPA Children and Young People’s Council (CYPC), who help to influence CLAPA’s work and act as a voice for young people born with a cleft. There are also lots of wonderful stories and videos to read and watch!

Make sure to follow CLAPA’s Facebook page for children and young people, to hear about events and news across the UK. Just click the button below to go straight there.

Follow our Young People’s Facebook Page 

Take our Summer Survey

Right now, we’re making plans around how we should support children and young people born with a cleft in the UK. This short survey is a chance for you to make your voice heard and help us do the best we can for young people in the future! If you’re under 18 years old and were born with a cleft, we’d really love to hear from you.

Take the survey

‘To Others Like Me’

We asked some of our amazing Children and Young People’s Council members what they would say to other young people who were born with a cleft, and this video brings all of their powerful advice together in one place.

Lucy, Stephy, Aleisha, Cerys, Claudia, Will and Izzy want other young people to be proud of their cleft and to know they aren’t alone. They say, ‘just focus on you’, ‘you will learn to love your cleft’, and ‘it’s ok to ask for help if you need it’.

Watch their video below. 

You can also watch more videos made by other young people on our videos page below!

Celebrating Difference

Below, our Children and Young People’s Council members answer this question: ‘What would a world which truly celebrated difference look like to you?’ They imagine a kinder society without judgement, and talk about coping with comments and questions. Click to see what they had to say!



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Youth Forward

Read the latest issue of our quarterly children and young people’s newsletter, filled with stories and photos, by clicking on the button below! If you’re not already signed up, you can join the Youth Forward mailing list here.

Youth Forward Spring 2021 

Previous Issue:

Youth Forward Winter 2020


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.

To learn more about our Children and Young People’s services, please contact Claire Evans, CLAPA’s Children and Young People Services Coordinator, at [email protected]

  • 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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