EatSafe is a campaign designed to support safer eating in early years non-familial settings. The campaign was developed following the tragic death of Oliver Steeper in September 2021.

A child dies in the UK every month from choking and hundreds more require hospital treatment.  EatSafe has been designed to support early years settings providers and management to ensure the safeguarding of mealtimes and to reduce the risk of serious harm whilst eating. Whist primarily designed for early years settings, the principles and guidance may also be of use to other settings providing food to children in their care.

Visual representation of the TRUSTS Cycle

The campaign resources include:

  • The TRUSTS Cycle
  • Guidance on safer eating in early years settings
  • Practitioner resource pack
  • Kitchen crib sheet

To support the campaign a recorded webinar has been developed as an e-learning course in the KSCMP training portal. The free course can be accessed by logging into the training portal and searching 'EatSafe'.

Oli's Legacy

Oliver Steeper was 9-months-old when he choked whilst being fed at nursery school and died in hospital six days later.  Oliver's parents have supported the development of the EatSafe campaign and we share their wish that it be a lasting legacy of Oliver's life.

Read the Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review regarding Oliver's death

Watch the Oli's Legacy video