FOOD ACTIVE - Food in Care: Nutrition and Health for Children in Care

Level 3 
Liverpool - One day course 5 hours 

Course delivered as one day workshop and as part of a two days training programme – Food in Care

Organisation Name: Food Active
Contact Name: Magda Przbylka
Address: 151 Dale Street, Liverpool L2 2JH
Contact Phone Number: 0151 237 2686

An innovative training programme developed by registered nutritionists and experienced foster carers. The course is aimed at anyone who has a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, promoting the quality of life of children in care. Participants will acquire practical knowledge about a healthy and balanced diet, how to overcome the barriers to healthy eating and how food impacts on health, behaviour and prevention of diseases.

Aim of the training

The main aim of the course is to introduce participants to the key concepts and issues around promoting healthier diets to children and young people in care. The training explores the role of food and nutrition in the care setting and aims to improve the experience of care for children. Participants will acquire practical knowledge about a healthy and balanced diet, how to overcome the barriers to healthy eating and how food impacts on health, behaviour and prevention of diseases.

Target group

This training is designed to meet the complex needs of those working with children and young people in care. The course is recommended for foster carers, family and friends carers, prospective adopters, social workers, support staff and managers, nurses and family support workers.

Training content

·         The principles of healthy eating and the Eatwell Guide

·         The prevention of dietary related disease

·         Reference intakes when applied to food labelling

·         The importance of hydration

·         The link between food and well-being

·         The role of physical activity in promoting health and well-being

·         The importance of food and nutrition for Children in Care

·         Code of good practice

The course has been designed and tested by registered nutritionists at Food Active with the support of local foster carers who provided a detailed insight into the needs of children and young people in care, and who had a comprehensive understanding of practical strategies that carers can use.

Training structure

The training is composed of presentations, practical activities, case studies and group discussions to ensure that all learning styles have been catered for and to ensure there are opportunities for all participants to contribute.

Training format

The training can be offered as either train-the-trainer course or direct course.

·         Train-the-trainer: A cost-effective training model skilling up training champions who are then skilled to deliver the training content to other carers and staff.

·         Direct course: Trains carers directly through interactive learning and discussion, thereby providing the opportunity to share experiences and learn from other participants.


To find out more about the training read our Food in Care training evaluation report.

N.B. Course listing information is provided by the training provider.


AfN Certified Courses provide a useful insight into the field of nutrition for those working in health and social care jobs that incorporate an aspect of nutrition, or for individuals who are looking for a short course before deciding on whether to pursue the further studies required to become a registered nutritionist. AfN certification is a quality mark, as these courses have been assessed as meeting the competencies required, as set out in our Nutrition Competence Model for Health & Social Care. 

Please Note: Completion of this AfN Certified Course does not make an individual a AfN/UKVRN certified nutritionist/ nutrition assistant/ nutrition advisor/weight specialist/ diet advisor or other such title nor eligible for UKVRN registration as either a Registered Associate or Registered Nutritionist. Please click here for details of AfN Accredited Degree Programmes from which graduates are eligible for direct entry to the UKVRN as a Registered Associate Nutritionist.

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