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Dove Self-Esteem Project: FAQs

What is the Dove Self-Esteem Project?

The Dove Self-Esteem Project has helped millions of children and young people to build body confidence and self-esteem for over 15 years by offering expert, evidence-based resources to pupils, parents and teachers.

Children and young people are under huge pressure to look a certain way. Anxieties over appearance can affect their health, friendships and performance at school.

Dove has partnered with leading experts in the fields of psychology, health and body image to create a programme of resources - including parenting advice - to help young people form healthy friendships, overcome body image issues and be their best selves.

What free resources are there for teachers and professionals?

 The Dove Self-Esteem Project provides free resources for teachers to help them deliver a series of sessions about self-esteem.

The five Confident Me workshops are accredited by the PSHE Association and are designed to teach 11 to 14-year-olds strategies to protect and build self-confidence - in themselves and others. 

You get:

  • a free teacher guide to help you prepare for each 45 to 60-minute session
  • a student presentation 
  • student activity worksheets

We have also have free resources that you can share with parents, which include:

  • the Uniquely Me Parent’s Guide - a 40-page booklet full of guidance and practical checklists for families to use together 
  • a brand-new podcast, which dives deeper into some of the issues covered by Uniquely Me 
  • expert information and advice on Parent Info 

 

How do I access the free resources for teachers and professionals?

You just need to fill out a short form. You will receive an email with instructions on what to do next.

If you do not receive an email, please check your junk or spam folder. If you still haven't received one - or you have any other questions about the resources - please email info@parentzone.org.uk.

 

What free resources are there for parents?

The free resources for parents include:

  • the Uniquely Me Parent’s Guide - a 40-page booklet full of guidance and practical checklists for families to use together 
  • a brand-new podcast, which dives deeper into some of the issues covered by Uniquely Me 
  • expert information and advice on Parent Info 

 

What are the five Confident Me workshops?

The free resources for teachers include five Confident Me workshops, accredited by the PSHE Association.

These are designed to be delivered by teachers themselves. They’re all about teaching 11 to 14-year-olds strategies to protect and build self-confidence - in themselves and others. 

Each session takes 45-60 minutes. There is a free teacher guide, student presentation and student activity worksheets.

 

 

What is the Confident Me single session workshop?

If there isn’t enough time to do five separate sessions, the free resources for teachers also include a one-off Confident Me workshop.

This is accredited by the PSHE Association and designed to be delivered by teachers themselves. It’s all about teaching 11 to 14-year-olds strategies to protect and build self-confidence - in themselves and others.  

The session takes 45-60 minutes. There is a free teacher guide, student presentation and student activity worksheets.

 

Will someone come into our school to deliver the workshop(s)?

No. The free resources for teachers include all the materials and guidance you need to deliver the workshops yourself.

 

Is there any evidence that the workshops boost pupils’ self-esteem?

Yes. The workshops have demonstrated proven benefits in raising pupils’ self-esteem.*

The expert resources for teachers and parents are based on comprehensive research, in collaboration with The Centre For Appearance Research (UWE) and evaluated by body image experts. The school resources are accredited by the PSHE Association.

*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.

  

What does “accredited by the PSHE Association” mean?

This means the resources meet the criteria to receive the PSHE Association’s Quality Mark. 

The PSHE Association assessment criteria are based on their ten principles of best practice in PSHE education and other research into effective teaching and learning in the subject.

 

I’ve downloaded all the resources. How do I deliver the workshops at school?

The free resources for teachers include teacher guides for each session to help you prepare.

You can also find a series of training videos on the Dove website. 

 

Who can I contact if I have any questions about the workshops and the resources?

If you have any questions or need help finding anything, please email info@parentzone.org.uk.