Food for Thought is an ESRC-funded project led by Ruth Emond, Samantha Punch and Ian McIntosh of the University of Stirling. A website of resources has been launched today as part of the project, which includes food-based training, assessment and intervention tools for carers of looked after young people.
These resources are intended for foster carers and residential staff involved in the day-to-day care of looked after children and young people. They encourage adults and children to reflect on how food is used socially. The project is a partnership of University of Stirling, Perth and Kinross Council, Core Assets Scotland Fostering, Aberlour Child Care Trust, Iriss and CELCIS.
Visit the Food for Thought website.
A complementary Food for Thought guide offers an introduction to the symbolic use of food in the care of looked-after children and young people. This is an interactive guide designed for foster carers, residential child care workers, and supervisors and managers.
You may also be interested in our Iriss Insight 22: Children, food and care, which reviews the evidence about how food practices affect children in different care settings, drawing heavily from the experience of children in foster and residential care.