Sheffield teenager speaks out in bid to change attitudes on visual differences

Sam Thompson hopes he can help to change people's attitudes. Credit: ITV

Less than a third of young people would be friends with someone with a visible difference, such as a mark or scar, new research has found.

The Changing Faces charity's Looking Different reporthas been released to mark the second 'Face Equality Day', which aims to highlight the pressure young people come under to look a certain way.

It features the results of a survey of 1,500 young people aged seven to 17 and looks at the impact negative reactions can have.

Sheffield teenager Sam Thompson, who's an ambassador for the charity, has spoken out in the hope he can change people's attitudes towards facial disfigurements.

Sam, 13, was born with a cleft lip and palate but says he's confident about his appearance despite coming across negativity during his childhood.

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