Videos & Media

CLAPA is working on producing more videos and other media which feature children and young people born with a cleft lip and palate. We think it’s very important for people born with a cleft to see others like them, in person or on screen, and this is something we’d like to invest in over the next few years.

Do you have any ideas for a video around cleft lip and palate, like a surgery diary or a vlog? Get in touch with us at [email protected]!


William’s Alveolar Bone Graft

For SUBTITLES, please click the ‘CC’ button near the volume controls above and select ‘English’.

William had his Alveolar Bone Graft surgery in September 2016. To help other young people like him feel better about their surgery, he decided to make a video diary to document the lead-up to the procedure and his day-to-day recovery. With William’s permission, we’ve edited these videos together and added subtitles.

In 2017, William also did a talk at his school to raise awareness of cleft and CLAPA, which you can see at the end.

Please note, from around 4:409:40 there is footage of William shortly after his surgery. Some viewers may find this upsetting. However, as you can see later on, he bounces back quickly and makes a full recovery.

You can find William on YouTube here

The Difference Between You and Me? (10:37)

Young people from the north east spent two years making this film to explain how they feel about being born with a cleft. When it really comes down to it, what is the difference between them and everyone else?

This film was produced by local company Twenty First Century Media. It was funded by Northern Film and Media, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Special Trustees, Ethicon, Greggs, CLAPA and personal donations.

Getting Involved with Research (5:21)

We filmed this video in February 2016 for the ‘Appearance Matters 7’ Conference. It features CLAPA’s Children & Young People’s Council (CYPC).

The CYPC spoke about why they got involved with the charity and what having a cleft means to them. They also talked about how they’ve made a big difference by helping researchers to make their work more accessible for young people with a cleft.

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