Projects and organisations
Head, Heart, Hands is an exciting four year programme led by the Fostering Network, which aims to demonstrate the impact that introducing social pedagogy can make to foster carers and the lives of the children they foster. By doing so, the programme aims to improve outcomes for children in care and contribute to them being able to fulfil their potential. The long term aim is to embed a social pedagogic approach within foster care across the UK.
Getting it Right for Every Child is a national programme used in Scotland which aims to improve outcomes for all children and young people. The way in which care is given to and received by children is fundamental to this. Food offers a lens through which to examine the care experience of children.
ISP is an independent therapeutic fostering organisation, the first to be established in the UK by foster carers in 1987. ISP provides a full range of services for children with highly complex needs, including a variety of therapies and education. The symbolic and emotional significance of food is an important part of ISP’s training programme for carers.
Books and reports
BAAF (2009) Recipes for fostering: sharing food and stories – building relationships.
This is great book which combines the experience of children in foster care and their carers with real recipes.
Furnivall, J. McKenna, S. McFarlane, S. Grant, E. (2012) Attachment Matters for All, Glasgow: CELCIS
This report on attachment and looked after children is useful in thinking about relationships and how they are formed. It is worth reading this and thinking about the role that food plays in making, and sustaining secure relationships.
Furnivall, J. (2013) Understanding Suicide and Self harm among children in care and care leavers (Iriss Insight 21). Glasgow, Iriss
This moving account of self harm will help you develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing some looked after children and how food might play a role in self harming behaviour as well as provide a nurturing response to it.
Bhreathnach, E. (2011) The Scared Gang, Ballynahinch: Alder Tree Press
These wonderful illustrated children’s books help children to think about their survival strategies and provide ways to help children (and the adults looking after them) to develop emotional regulation.
Hancock P, Simmons S and Whitwell J (1990) The Importance of food in relation to the treatment of deprived and disturbed children in care, IN International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, Vol. 11(2).
Radio / Podcasts / Press
The School Food Plan is the subject of an episode from BBC Radio Four’s Food Programme. It aims to increase take-up of school meals, improve the quality of food served and tackle student hunger and the early causes of health problems. It contains sixteen ‘actions’, from putting cooking in the curriculum to providing money for breakfast clubs to improving the ‘image’ of school food.
Iriss (2009) Why attachment matters in helping children to resolve trauma Glasgow, Iriss.
A recording of Dr Dan Hughes speaking at Why Attachment Matters, a SIRCC (now CELCIS) seminar, held at the Glasgow Marriot Hotel on Friday 11th September 2009.
Iriss (2010) Ghosts in the nursery: the implications of adult attachment
Sally Wassell recorded at the Scottish Attachment in Action Conference, 10 September 2010.
Happy eaters Azealia Banks, Goldie, Beth Ditto, Anthony Bourdain: my favourite comfort food. Famous faces reveal their ultimate comfort food, IN The Observer, 24 November 2013
Daniel, B & Wassell, S (2006) Understanding Resilience
An introduction to resilience with animations, diagrams and recorded voiceover.
If you are interested in knowing more about delivering training, and in particular the different ways in which people learn, the following will be of interest:
Honey, P. and Mumford, A. (1982) Manual of Learning Styles, London: P. Honey.
Kolb. D. A. (1984) Experiential Learning:Experience as the source of learning and development, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.