How to make your own body rules (Parent event)

Forest is delighted to welcome Grace Barrett, from the Self-Esteem Team, back to the School for an evening workshop with parents.

The world of pastoral care is constantly changing and it is imperative that we keep up-to-date with current issues to be able to be pro-active and ahead of the curve. Therefore, we have established a working partnership with the nationally renowned Self-Esteem Team ( The team – Natasha Devon MBE, Grace Barrett and Nadia Mendoza, travel the UK working with teens on mental health, body image and self-esteem.

They have extensive and personal experience of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm, and therefore have an excellent understanding of the challenges faced by young people. To date, the Self-Esteem Team have worked with 70,000 teenagers in over 300 schools (and counting).

Body image: How to make your own body rules

During the workshop, Grace will discuss the role of the internet (specifically social media), pornography, advertising and the media in shaping our body ideals.

The message is that fitness, fashion and beauty can be used to express personal agendas, but these industries should not dictate how we feel about ourselves. The content of this session was developed with advice from Dr Aaron Balik, author of the Psychodynamics of Social Networking, as well as Dr David Bainbridge, Reproductive Biologist at Cambridge University.

If you would like to attend, please book through the parent portal or Contact Anna Buck on