Project

Food for Thought: Food based training, assessment and intervention tools for carers of looked after young people

Funded by Economic and Social Research Council.

Food for Thought: Food based training, assessment and intervention tools for carers of looked after children. Food works not only on a material level as sustenance but also on a symbolic level where it can come to represent thoughts, feelings and relationships. Recent studies have shown the role of food in the demonstration of care and the negotiation of power relationships between adults and children. This project advances knowledge exchange between academics, practitioners, carers and educators in relation to the use of food in the care of looked after children. It will co-produce, with Partner Agencies and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services, a training package on the symbolic use of food in residential and foster care and design an interactive assessment tool to aid residential staff and foster carers' reflections on the child in their care and the food practices which are in place. The project will monitor how these tools have been integrated into practice. In addition, the team will conduct a critical reflection on the process of partnership working and co-production in academic research. For further details see our project website: http://www.foodforthoughtproject.info/

Total award value £93,916.00

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