Children's Future Food Inquiry
What children in Britain eat is a major cause for concern. An estimated 4.1 million children are living in poverty in the UK, but we do not know how many children experience food insecurity* and how it impacts their lives. At the same time children are suffering from record levels of obesity and it is worst in the poorest parts of the country.
The Children’s Future Food Inquiry was initiated to hear directly from children, young people and those who live and work with them about children’s experiences of food and how it affects their lives. The Inquiry will focus on children under 18 years old in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; and is spearheaded by a cross-party parliamentary group.
Here we invite you to take part in the Inquiry and help to shape its recommendations.
We’d like to hear from anyone who has experiences, evidence or real-life case studies which they would like to share with the Inquiry committee. You may be a teacher, a healthcare professional, a parent, an older sibling, a carer or anyone at all who has known or observed children who don’t have easy access to nutritious diets. Your views are welcome and will be collated to form key evidence for the Inquiry Committee to review.
The Inquiry will also be consulting children and young people directly about their experiences to ensure they play a central role in shaping the Inquiry’s findings and recommendations.
Once we have finished collecting evidence from all these sources we will be developing a series of recommendations for action from government and other policy makers, and we will be doing a lot of work to ensure these recommendations are acted upon. Your voice will really count.
You’ll be able to submit evidence from the end of June 2018 until the end of September 2018. There will be a series of questions to help guide your submission, or you are free to submit short films, photographs, personal stories, reports and data.
* by “food insecurity” we mean: the inability to acquire or consume an adequate quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so)
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