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Food for Thought project

The Food for Thought project was an ESRC funded project to explore the ways in which food is used symbolically by children, foster carers and residential staff. It looks at how food may stand for thoughts, beliefs and feelings and how these can be better understood and harnessed in the care of children.

The website contains training materials and tools for reflecting on food practices. The resources will:

  • Promote awareness and understanding of the symbolic uses of food
  • Equip foster carers/staff with knowledge, skills and resources to observe and understand the food and food practices being undertaken by the child they are caring for
  • Facilitate staff/foster carers' reflection on their own food related interventions and how these might be maximised to therapeutic ends
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