Food as a safeguarding issue – call to action

05 April 2019

Food as a safeguarding issue – call to actionThe Food in Care programme, led by Food Active, is running a survey with foster carers, connected carers, adopters, residential staff, managers, Looked After Children nurses, Independent Reviewing Officers and other professionals to share their views about the support that is currently available around nutrition and food behaviour issues often encountered in care settings. This survey will look in detail what support is currently available, what are the gaps, what works and how things could be changed or improved. 

Take part in the online survey.

The results of the survey, along with other information such as academic journals and future consultations, will inform the development of the Food in Care charter.

To learn more about the survey and the Food in Care charter, please contact Magdalena Przybylka via   

Food as a safeguarding issue

The Food in Care programme has recently published a position statement on ‘Food as a safeguarding issue’. The position statement highlights:

  • Supporting children to develop healthy eating behaviours and relationships with food is a far wider issue than simply understanding and preparing healthy food for children.
  • There is inadequate statutory resource and support to upskill carers in the importance of food in care.
  • There is an urgent need to adapt strategy and practice to ensure that food and nutrition, including the broader psychological aspects of food, is included in all aspects of caring for children in care.
  • It is essential that Children’s Services and policy makers take a whole systems approach to create a healthier environment for children in care.

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