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Food in Schools Policy - Consultation

The Department of Education and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety published consultation proposals in 2009 in relation to their proposed Food in Schools policy.

The consultation exercise sought views on the draft policy which set out the overall aims and objectives in relation to food in schools and described the range of strategies and plans that were being put in place to deliver improved nutrition for our school children.

The consultation exercise closed on 11 December 2009.

You can view or download the draft policy using the following links:

Draft Food in Schools Policy (English) PDF 230 KB

Draft Food in Schools Policy (Irish) PDF 238 KB

Draft Food in Schools Policy – Consultation Response Questionnaire (English) PDF 150 KB

Draft Food in Schools Policy – Consultation Response Questionnaire (Irish) PDF 146 KB

There was a good response to the consultation with a wide range of stakeholders indicating strong support for the draft policy.  You can view a summary of the responses here:

Draft Food in Schools Policy – Consultation Analysis Report (English) PDF 461 KB

Draft Food in Schools Policy – The Big Deal Response (English) WORD 195 KB

Draft Food in Schools Policy – Consultation Analysis Report (Irish) PDF 453 KB

The policy has been redrafted to take account of comments and concerns raised during the consultation.  You can view the final policy on our Food in Schools Policy page.

Policy Screening Form

Under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 the Departments are required to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity. In order to determine whether an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) is necessary all policies must be screened.

The results of the Department of Education’s screening process indicated that the policy does not need to be subjected to a full equality impact assessment. The screening document is available for viewing:

Draft Food in Schools Policy – Equality and Human Rights Screening Template (English) PDF 125 KB

Draft Food in Schools Policy – Equality and Human Rights Screening Template (Irish) PDF 126 KB

If you have any queries regarding the consultation please telephone:

Local: 028 9127 9442

International: +44 (0)28 9127 9442

Alternatively you can write to us at the following address or email us at:

nutritional.standards@deni.gov.uk.

Participation and Parenting Team
Room F26A
Department of Education
Rathgael House
Balloo Road
Rathgill
BANGOR
BT19 7PR