Nourish Scotland was asked by the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland to listen to what children think about food insecurity. This report outlines what children told Nourish Scotland. Throughout the activity sessions children showed a complex understanding of food needs, barriers to accessing food, and solutions to food insecurity. This research was prompted by the rapid increase of food insecurity in Scotland and the absence of children’s voices in discussions on the causes and solutions to poverty.
More than one in five children in Scotland live in relative poverty and a third of peopled depending on food banks are children. There is increasing evidence that food insecurity can have a significant negative impact on children’s physical and psychological wellbeing, educational attainment and long-term quality of life. Children and children in poverty experience multiple barriers to participation in decision-making, but unless we listen to children’s experiences and concerns and meaningfully involve them in developing solutions we cannot address food insecurity in a way that respects, protects and fulfills children’s rights.