Children in care often come into care with a poor nutritional status and can suffer with food anxieties caused by their adverse experiences including abuse and neglect. They also can develop food behaviour issues during care placements due to the stress associated with an unknown environment where they might feel insecure or excluded. Foster carers face many challenges related to such issues and require skills in managing food associated behaviours in order to provide a high standard of care and a stable environment for children and young people.
Participants will gain an insight into how food impacts on health and behaviour of children in care. This session is aimed to introduce social workers and managers on the subject of food behaviour issues and its impact on building relationships with children and placement stability.