Respect for religious and philosophical beliefs while eating in care

Everyone deserves dignity in care. This belief is why the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism has launched the report Respect for religious and philosophical beliefs while eating in care.

This report has been produced by Vegetarian for Life on behalf of the APPG and highlights several examples where individual dietary preferences were disregarded.

Crucially, the report makes four recommendations, with variations for the devolved nations. These can be summarised as:  
1 and 2. Strengthening care regulations and related guidance – By recognising that philosophical beliefs are as important as an individual’s religious beliefs or cultural background. 

3. Introducing mandatory training – Helping carers to learn more about, and fully understand the importance of, religious and philosophical beliefs. 

4. Dietary guides in kitchens – Ensuring that dietary practices arising from protected philosophical beliefs such as veganism and vegetarianism are easy to understand and accessible for chefs. 

The full recommendations are contained on pages 8–10 of the report.  

Parliamentarians: If you are interested in speaking to someone from Vegetarian for Life about this report, please do get in touch. You can contact and request a one-to-one meeting to help further this campaign.

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