by Beth Bradshaw | 27 February, 2019 1:50 pm
It is common for children in care to experience issues around food, this can include poor diet, hoarding and using food as a control mechanism, among others.
Food behaviours are linked with social skills and used symbolically by carers and children. Decisions about how food is provided and consumed has a fundamental impact on the relationships and dynamics within a care setting. Food practices have massive potential for creating an environment where children can begin to feel part of a family unit. Whereas healthy eating habits throughout the life course will reduce the risk of health problems in later life. It is important that the food and eating patterns to which young people are exposed to promote positive relationships with food and good nutrition.
Carers are at the centre of the lives of children and require comprehensive training and ongoing support to provide healthy and stable placement for the most vulnerable young people in our society.
Food in Care is a unique training package supported by an online resource that gives foster carers and residential staff the tools they need to manage food behaviour issues often encountered in care settings.
Upskilling carers and support staff with these resources will positively impact relationships within the care setting and promote placement stability.
The next Food in Care train-the-trainer course is taking place on the 15th and 16th May 2019 in Manchester.
The train-the-trainer approach provides participants with the knowledge and ability to cascade training to colleague. This approach, whilst being cost-effective, builds sustainable and flexible capacity within a care setting. A comprehensive ‘Training Facilitator’s Pack’ – with teaching notes, power point slides and activity worksheets – is included in the cost.
What previous attendees said about Food in Care course:
“I have gained a very good understanding of how food is directly involved in every part of a child and young person life and is essential component to provide positive outcomes for children in care..”
“It has been the best course I have attended as a foster carer – very practical and informative.”
“Every foster carer and social worker should do this course.”
To book a place on Food in Care course, please contact Magda Przybylka on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 237 2686.
To find out more about Food in Care Train the Trainer course click the link below:Food in Care Trainer the Trainer Course
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