Lunchtime Learning – An Introduction to ARFID

4 August 2021 – In association with Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSPC) is pleased to announce its latest virtual Lunchtime Learning session: An introduction to ARFID: Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder on Wednesday 29 September 2021 at 12-1pm.

This one-hour Lunchtime Learning workshop introduces practitioners to ARFID; a relatively new diagnosis featured in the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

Previously known as Selective Eating Disorder, ARFID, is a condition characterised by a pattern of eating that avoids certain foods or types of food, and/or is restricted in quantity.

Although many children and young people go through phases of picky or selective eating, a child with ARFID does not consume enough calories and nutrients to grow and develop properly, which can result in stalled growth and low weight gain. Unlike other eating disorders, the behaviours are not motivated by a person’s belief about their body shape or weight.

The course is available for all professionals working with children and young people, including schools, nurseries, health colleagues and social workers/family support workers.  To learn more about ARFID and to explore practical approaches in supporting a young person with the condition, book your free place now.



HSCP Virtual Learning Platform: The HSCP provides a range of multi-agency e-learning modules, Webinar Wednesdays, Lunchtime Learning, and virtual training opportunities, developed to support core learning on children’s safeguarding. Courses are free to all professionals working with children and families who live in the Hampshire Local Authority area. Browse what is currently on offer.