Food and the practices around food have massive potential for creating an environment where children can begin to feel part of a family unit, to develop relationships and other social skills.
Two interactive toolkits have been developed for carers who didn’t or won’t get a chance to take part in the Food for Thought training but are interested in exploring the symbolic use of food in foster and residential care
Interactive Introduction to Food for Thought
A short online guide introducing the user to some of the key concepts relating to Food for Thought. It aims to raise awareness of the relationship between food as a symbol and care.
Users of this resource are asked to reflect on their own experiences and relate these to some of the key findings of the Food for Thought research. It is designed for foster carers, residential child care workers, supervisors and managers.
A space for carers, staff or young people to write down food-related reflections or events as they occur. It is intended to be used as an informal, easy way of recording. Carers and staff may not have many opportunities for lengthy periods of structured reflection. The JOTIT provides a way to collect reminders of issues and events as they happen for those times when reflection is more possible.
This resource can be completed by one person or a team/family. They may choose to draw on their JOTIT notes to complete the Reflective Tool, to prepare for supervision with managers or support workers, or to act as a reminder prior to Peer Support discussion.
This is adapted from John Whitwell’s blog where you can find more articles and information around the emotional significance of food.