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This resource, although comprehensive, won’t answer all the questions that carers might have around the health care of their young people. A number of relevant links have been provided throughout this resource. This section contains further links and details of websites and publications that might be of interest and help. 

This section is divided into five small subsections. Click the links below to be taken to a particular section.

Healthy eating  and cooking

BHF health promotion resources

Various healthy eating resources. These can be either ordered free of charge (contribution is welcome) or downloaded directly from the website.

BHF Healthy Heart Recipe Finder app

You can downloadm the BHF Healthy Heart Recipe Finder app to your iPhone or Android smartphone. It has over 100 recipes from all over the world and a handy shopping list feature. Or sign up to BHF free Heart Matters service to use their online recipe finder

NHS Change4Life campaign

Website with loads of ideas, recipes and games for families to be healthier and happier


Cook & eat toolkit

Healthy packed lunches sheet

Early Years Cookery and Food Play Toolkit

Exploring Food Together - Teacher Guide (Cooking Matters, 2013)

Eating well recipe book - Simple, cost-effective ideas for the whole family

Food Behaviour

Blog by John Whitwell

Includes case studies and articles around food-related behaviours and how carers can deal with them

Eating Behaviour Problems - Practice Resource (2006, Centre for Community Child Health)

Australian resource providing practical strategies for carers and parents around eating-behaviour problems and increasing carers and parental awareness of a child’s eating cues.

Other (general health, mental health, safeguarding, fostering etc.)

Coram BAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy

Provides information, training and resources for all concerned with adoption and fostering, including children and young people

The Fostering Network 

Provides practical support, training and resources for foster carers, social workers and other professionals.


FosterTalk is an independent, non-profit organisation providing professional support services to foster carers across the UK.


Fosterline delivered by FosterTalk - provides confidential, impartial, advice information and signposting on the broad range of issues of concern to foster carers. Fosterline advisors respond to enquiries by telephone, email and on the Fosterline Online Forum, on Monday to Friday between 9 am to 5 pm.

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) 

Aimed to improve services for children. Focused on research, evidence, policy and practice

In my shoes

A computer package that helps children communicate about their experiences, including potentially distressing events or relationships.

Young Minds

The voice for young people’s mental health and well-being with section for parents/carers

Children & young people

Blogs for teenagers on health topics

There are loads of great blogs for teenagers around that talk about living a healthy life and having fun. Here are our favourites:

Cool Food Planet (for 6-12 years old)

Cool Food Planet uses customisable cartoon characters to let children aged 6-12 years explore a wide range of learning tools and interactive games on food and nutrition, particularly when playing alongside parents, carers and teachers. There are two age-appropriate portals, for 6-8 years and 9-12 years.

Rise Above

Rise Above is a web for young people to get them talk about the things that matter to them (including health, well-being and relationships). It contains inspiring and useful stories, videos, games and advice.

The Who Cares? Trust town

Provides resources and information for looked-after children and young people around health and other areas

A National Voice

An organisation run for, and by, young people who are, or have been, in care. Also includes information on ‘Your Starter for Ten’ –


Website for young people with a wide range of health-related information including healthy eating and more.




Early Help Directory

Directory of all services available within Liverpool

Healthwatch Liverpool

Helps to make informed choices about people’s health and care, supports and listens and refers to other relevant local services.

Live Well Liverpool

This is a directory of the city’s resources that can be used to search for information and explore options for care and support as well as social activities and clubs. 

My signpost  

Website with list of services and advice within Liverpool

LSCB - Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board

This website is about assisting parents, carers or guardians in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It also contains a separate section designated for children aged 5-14+ years.


Located on the old Alder Hey site, Fresh CAMHS offer a range of support like therapy for young people and consultation and training to services and professionals across the city.

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)

Alder Hey CAMHS is part of the wider Liverpool CAMHS Partnership offering specialist services to support children and young people and their families and carers around mental health difficulties.

Fostering for Liverpool website

If you’ve got the passion and commitment to make a really positive difference to a child’s life, get in touch.

Liverpool Council Fostering Facebook page

Liverpool City Council has responsibility for looking after over 800 children across the city. Find out more on their fostering Facebook page.

Online Training for Liverpool carers

To access this training, speak to your social worker.




Procedures Manual

Policy frameworks, procedures and local protocols, case reviews etc.

Local contacts for Liverpool


Looked after children: knowledge, skills and competence of health care staff (March 2015)

This document provides a framework for healthcare staff to understand their role and responsibilities for meeting the needs of CiC.

Legislation, policy and guidance

These pages outline the national policy and guidance that specifically relates to CiC in the UK.

Children in care - Research and resources

NSPCC’s (The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) selection of their child protection research and safeguarding resources on CiC

Food in Care book cover

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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