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BMI – Body Mass Index                   

Body mass index (BMI) is a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of an individual. The BMI is defined as the body mass divided by the square of the body height, and is universally expressed in units of kg/m2.


CiC – Children in Care                      

The term ‘Children in Care’ (or Child in Care) refers to children and young people who are looked after away from their own family – by foster carers, family and friends carers or in residential care or respite care settings.


Care Order (CO)                                    

A statutory order made under Section 31(1) of the Children Act, placing the child in the care of the Local Authority. The Local Authority shares parental responsibility with the parent.


Eatwell Guide                                       

A national policy tool used to define government recommendations on eating healthily and achieving a balanced diet. Published by Public Health England in March 2016.


Family and friends carers               

Care provided by friends and relatives for a child or young person in care. Previously referred to as 'kinship care'. Recent government guidance also uses the term 'connected care'.


Foster Carer                                           

An adult who has been assessed and approved by the local authority to look after children on its behalf. A foster carer does not have parental responsibility and does not replace the child’s parents, but does offer day to day care that children need when they cannot live with their own family.


Fibre                                                           

This is a form of complex carbohydrate, which is not digested by the body. It is found in plant foods only and is necessary to keep a healthy digestive system (prevent constipation).


Independent reviewing officer 

The person who oversees to ensure that the health and welfare of looked-after children and young people are prioritised, that they have complete and accurate care plans in place (which are regularly reviewed and updated), that any physical, emotional health or well-being needs or assessments identified by their care plans are met or completed, and that their views and wishes, and those of their families, are heard.


LAC nurses                                              

Term ‘LAC nurse’ (Looked After Child nurse or in other words Named Nurse) looks after the healthcare needs of children in care.


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Download all the information on this website in one handy PDF.

The ‘Care for Something to Eat’ PDF provides a detailed insight into the needs of CiC, and a comprehensive understanding of practical tools and ideas that carers and other professionals can use in everyday situations when providing child care.

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