The Briefing

The Briefing provides a summary of the Food for Thought resources and gives a short overview of how these were developed.

Interactive Introduction

This Interactive Introduction has been developed in recognition that it can be difficult for carers and workers to get to a Reflective Workshop at a time of their choosing. This short online guide introduces the user to some of the key concepts relating to Food for Thought. It aims to raise awareness of food in relation to care. Users are asked to reflect on their own experiences and relate these to some of the key findings of our research.

Reflective Tool Guidance

This resource introduces first time users to the Reflective Tool. It provides detailed guidance on the development of the Tool, why it can be helpful and how to use it.

Reflective Tool

The Reflective Tool is intended to be used by individual carers or residential workers after they have attended the Reflective Workshop or completed the Online Interactive Guide. The Reflective Tool will guide users through a series of questions and prompts to create a ‘snap shot’ of their personal food-related interactions with individual children in their care. It is intended that through such reflection, carers working in any context will be more able to articulate issues and understand the significance of their own, as well as the young person’s behaviours, values, expectations and feelings.

You can download two different versions:

  1. Word format:  you can fill in the form on your computer.
  2. PDF: print the form and fill it in by hand.

JOTIT Notebook

The JOTIT Notebook is intended as a space for carers, staff or young people to write down food related reflections or events as they occur. Carers and staff may not have many opportunities for lengthy periods of structured reflection, so this provides a way to collect reminders of issues and events as they happen for those times when reflection is more possible. This resource can be completed by one person or a team/family. They may choose to draw on their JOTIT notes to complete the Reflective Tool, in preparation for supervision with managers or support workers or prior to Peer Support discussion.

Peer Support Guidance

Peer Support Guidance is provided for facilitators and supervisors who will be running the peer support discussions. Whilst the Reflective Workshops primarily concentrate on raising awareness and engaging in introductory discussion about the role of food in care, we have found that carers and residential workers need opportunities to discuss these issues in relation to the situations they are facing on a day to day basis. Peer Support groups which focus on food practices provide opportunities to share experiences or concerns about food and to learn with and from others in similar situations.

Facilitators’ Resources

Facilitators’s pack

Workshop slides

1-Day Programme
Two ½-Days Programme

Workshop Handouts
Participants’ Handouts
Facilitators’ Sheets
The Importance of Food in the Healing Process (reproduced with permission from Barton, S. Gonzalez, R. and Tomlinson, P. (2012 ) Therapeutic Residential Care for Children and Young People: An Attachment and Trauma-Informed Model for Practice, pp 153 -161 London: Jessica Kingsley )

Adaptable Materials
Workshop Invitation letter
The summary 1-Day Programme
The summary Two ½-Days Programme
Evaluation form

Research Summary

Ruth Emond and Samantha Punch explain their research into the  symbolic use of food in foster and residential care. An audio version  of this interview  Food and food practices in residential care may be downloaded from internet radio.

Resource Handbook for Reflection

Punch, S., Dorrer, N., Emond, R. and McIntosh, I. (2009)  Food practices in residential children’s homes: the views and experiences of staff and children . A resource handbook for reflection.  Stirling: University of Stirling.

Leaflet for children

Emond, R., Dorrer, N., Punch, S. and McIntosh, I. (2014) ‘Children’s views on food in residential care’, Information leaflet for children and young people, Stirling: University of Stirling.

4 thoughts on “Resources”

  1. Hi. I got the Food for Thought info from Stirling Social Work. Very informative and helpful. Please note: the website given in the info pack is incorrect. Regards, Phil Harmston

    1. HI Phil
      Thanks for your comments. Can you tell me where you saw the incorrect website. We need to get that changed!
      Best wishes

  2. Hi Ruth,

    I gave my foster carer support group in Blairgowrie the info and links re “foodfor thought” a couple of months ago after we cahtted and I’ve also told quite a few of my carers about this. They were very enthusiastic about the idea you might be able to come along one Wednesday to explore the subject further. We meet at 12 on the last Wednesday of each month. Do you think youmight be able to fit us in sometime over the winter. Or might there be another training opportunity with you.
    It is a very relevant subject for my families, right across the age range of children. Young people in adolescence regressing to overeating despite not having suffered neglect since they were very young is a theme and also babies who were removed from home in the early months due to neglect but cannot seem to learn there is ample food after months and months of good care with carers.
    Any more signposts to info also welcome.



    1. HI Morag
      Yes of course. We would love to. We are doing a peer support group in Perth this month. Please get in touch for more information. Best wishes

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