We aim to provide long-term, sustainable ways to bridge the gap in cleft care and knowledge in the UK and overseas

Ibrahim's Story

Ibrahim was born with a craniofacial cleft and has a difficult journey ahead of him. Follow his journey here so far.

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Author: Melanie Baldwin

P.L.A.T. project

The Parent Led Articulation Therapy (P.L.A.T) project has been looking at improving speech outcomes for children by enabling parents to help their children with cleft palate speech difficulties.

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Author: Melanie Baldwin

Training aids for surgeons

A USB stick containing 7 complete lip or palate surgical procedures is available on request and FREE to surgeons.

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Author: Melanie Baldwin

Coffee & Cake for CLEFT

Hold a coffee and cake morning with your friends and family this February.

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Author: Melanie Baldwin

Our impact

1 in 700

children are born with a cleft palate.

£40

the cost of a cleft operation on a baby in a low-income country.

£250

cost to give treatment over a lifetime.

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Breakthroughs in cleft research

  • FOXF2 gene discovery

    A genetic defect has been identified in a family from Egypt with a type of palate abnormality and speech disorder apparently not previously described. The FOXF2 research is one of the many projects currently funded by CLEFT, paid for with money raised by our donors and fundraisers. Read more

  • MRI Speech Assessment

    This important research looked at using MRI to assess whether further surgery could improve speech for people with repaired clefts. Read more

  • New paper published in the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal

    Research that CLEFT funded shows how a pioneering surgical technique results in a very low rate of secondary speech surgery and very good speech outcomes in children aged 5 years of age, with less need for speech therapy. Read more

  • P.L.A.T. project

    The Parent Led Articulation Therapy (P.L.A.T) project has been looking at improving speech outcomes for children by enabling parents to help their children with cleft palate speech difficulties. Read more