A ‘Train the trainer’ approach to nutrition for foster care providers

HEG Food in Care training
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Food in Care training aim

The main aim of the training is to improve the direct care experience for children through exploring food with carers and staff in the context of physical and mental health.

Who will benefit from this training?

This training is aimed at all those who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, promoting the quality of Children in Care. Carers face a number of challenges relating to these issues and require skills in managing food associated behaviours in order to provide the best care as well as a healthy, stable environment for young people in their care.

Train-the-Trainer approach to nutrition training

As part of the Food in Care package we offer tailored nutrition training. We use a proven, cost-effective ‘Train-the-Trainer’ approach, which creates a multiplier effect, reaching greater numbers of people and providing increased flexibility for the service.

Children in Care often have food anxieties   

Children in Care have greater health needs (both mental and physiological) than others of the same age outside of the care system.

Many children come into care with poor nutritional status and they often have food anxieties such as overeating, hoarding food and fussy eating which are intimately linked with their early experiences of either abuse or neglect.

What delegates say about HEG Food in Care training 

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“I’ve a young lady in my care at present who was restricted from food in the family home and therefore weighed half of what she should have for her age. Through doing the course we have introduced changes to her diet that have completely changed her weight, physical appearance and general demeanour – all for the better!”
“I have gained a very good understanding of how food is directly involved in every part of a child and young person life, and is essential component to provide positive outcomes for LAC. This resource needs to continue and become part of everyday”
“Gave me the opportunity to look at food in a different way and how much of an impact it can have on relationships. Really enjoyed this.”

If this offer isn’t for you, we also offer training and multi-risk behaviour interventions around alcohol, smoking and other drugs including cannabis and novel psychoactive substances (also know as legal highs). If you would like to discuss your needs please contact us using the information below.


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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