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64% of social workers have reported concerns about families being able to provide food for children

The campaign group 'Food is Care', supported by the Social Workers Union Campaign Fund, has published new figures following a survey sent out to social workers regarding food poverty in the UK from December 2021 to January 2022.

Of the social workers interviewed:

• 64% reported concerns about families being able to provide food for children

• 84% said the vulnerable children and families they work with rely on food banks

• Only 6% felt they had sufficient training to deal with the issue.

John McGowan, General Secretary of the Social Workers Union, commented, "Independent foodbanks continue to pick up the pieces yet again as more and more people struggle to pay the bills. There needs to be a realisation that we cannot continue to provide an emergency response to a long-term crisis."

For the survey results, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers

15.02.2022