Guest Post: Free PSHE resources and body confidence workshops to help raise pupils’ self-esteem

Family safety experts Parent Zone are excited to be working in partnership with Dove for a second year on their acclaimed Dove Self-Esteem Project, helping raise young people’s body confidence.

Young people today are under huge pressure to look a certain way. Anxieties over appearances can affect their health, friendships and performance at school.

In the UK, 9 in 10* girls with low body-esteem will opt out of fundamental life activities, such as engaging with family and loved ones, sharing their opinion, joining a team or club, or even leaving the house if they don’t feel good about the way they look.

The Dove Self-Esteem Project has already helped over 20 million young people worldwide, encouraging them to feel positive and confident – the aim is to help millions more.

The project is helping young people build body confidence and self-esteem by offering expert resources to pupils, parents and teachers. The resources are meticulously researched, written by experts and accredited by the PSHE Association, here in the UK.

Teachers, parents, professionals and young people can all access specialist help and advice via dedicated Dove Self-Esteem Project pages on the Parent Zone website and its sister site Parent Info, the free news feed advice service for parents that schools can run on their own websites.

Teaching resources


 The free teaching resources contain everything teachers need to run successful body confidence workshops at school and promote positive body image – including lesson plans, activity sheets and accompanying videos with guidance on how to carry out sessions with your pupils.

There is the option of downloading the 5-session Confident Me workshop:

Session 1: Appearance ideals

Session 2: Media messages

Session 3: Confront comparisons

Session 4: Banish body talk

Session 5: Be the change

Alternatively, teachers may want to use the Confident Me single session which is a one-off 45-60-minute workshop addressing key topics including media influence, peer pressure and strategies for promoting body image and self-esteem.

Resources for parents

Parent Zone hosts a dedicated parent area on its website with Dove Self-Esteem Project articles containing tips and advice, along with blogs from parents, teachers and young people who are tackling self-esteem issues in their lives.

Parents can download the free Uniquely Me parent guide. This booklet contains expert advice on some of the key topics that can have an impact on a child’s self-esteem and body confidence, from media, peer and cultural pressures to teasing and bullying about appearance. Dove worked with experts in the fields of psychology, body image, self-esteem, eating disorders and media representation to create a resource for parents that is focused on advice and action.

The articles and activities in the guide helps parents identify self-esteem issues they think may be affecting their child. Each section includes an action checklist to help them make positive changes or start conversations with their child.

Find out more and sign up for your FREE resources by visiting:

Vicki Shotbolt, CEO of Parent Zone commented:

‘Young people today are under huge pressure to look a certain way. We’re proud to be working with Dove on their acclaimed Self-Esteem Project, helping provide teachers and parents with the expert resources they need to boost young people’s body confidence.’

Young people and self-esteem

Martin Staniforth has facilitated the global Dove Self-Esteem Project since 2003, helping to create a range of body image resources for teachers, youth leaders, parents and young people. Martin will be speaking at Digital Families 2018 — Parent Zone and CEOP’s joint conference — looking at the challenges and opportunities of raising and educating children in a digital world.

Find out more about Digital Families 2018

*Diedrichs, PC; Atkinson, MJ; Steer, RJ; Garbett, KM; Rumsey, N & Halliwell, E (2015): Effectiveness of a brief school-based body image intervention ‘Dove Confident Me: Single Session’ when delivered by teachers and researchers: Results from a cluster randomised controlled trial.


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