Health Promotion Guidance: Nutritional Guidance for Children and Young People in Residential Care Settings

This guidance was published in February 2011.

“Food is an important part of everyone’s lives. Improvements to the diet of children and young people can positively influence their current and future health, playing an important role in the prevention of diet-related diseases. The consultation report carried out by Who Cares? Scotland“It’s no like one of those cafĂ© places where you can order anything you want“, highlighted that children and young people have strong views on the food they like to eat. However, we know from research that children and young people in Scotland, and elsewhere, are not eating enough fruit and vegetables and are eating too much food high in fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar.

For the purpose of this document references to child, children and young people and young people have the same meaning and are interchangeable. This guidance covers residential establishments not included specifically in the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007 (the 2007 Act) and includes:

  • Residential Care Homes (Children and Young People)
  • School Care Accommodation Services (special residential schools and mainstream boarding schools)
  • Secure Accommodation”

See also the Children and Young People’s Views and Experiences of Food and Nutrition in Residential Care report.


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