Diabetes UK has presented 19 schools across the country with awards for providing great care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.
The schools have become the first recipients of the charity’s Good Diabetes Care in School Award, which is open to all schools in the UK. The schools were chosen by an assessment panel, which includes parents and representatives from Diabetes UK. The winners will be presented with an award, which is valid for two years.
It is extremely important that children and young people with diabetes receive good care in school to help them keep their blood glucose to target levels. In the short term, high or low blood glucose levels can make a child extremely unwell, and in the long-term, high blood glucose levels can increase risk of serious complications such as amputation, blindness and stroke later in life. Supporting children to manage their diabetes well is also key to enabling them to get the best from their education and school activities.
The charity says that the Good Diabetes Care in School Award shows that good diabetes care in schools is achievable and will share best practice amongst schools, helping to ensure that all students with diabetes achieve their full academic potential.
Recognising that some schools will have some concerns about how to support students with diabetes, as part of its Type 1 diabetes: Make the Grade Campaign, Diabetes UK has created free resources to help parents and schools get the right care in place. Along with this the charity has launched a Care in Schools Helpline which provides parents of children and young people with Type 1 diabetes in England, Scotland and Wales with information and support around the care their child is entitled to receive at school.
The Good Diabetes Care in School Award will run until June 2016, with the next round winners announced in March 2016. So the charity is urging school staff, parents and healthcare professionals to nominate schools providing good care for the award.
Thalie Martini, Make the grade Delivery Manager, said: “It’s great to see so many schools doing a fantastic job of supporting students with Type 1 diabetes and shows that good care is achievable in all schools.
“All the schools we have awarded have worked really closely with pupils, school staff and parents to ensure that children and young people with Type 1 diabetes in their schools have the same opportunities as their peers without the condition and are able to fully participate in their education and so reach their full academic potential. We want to celebrate these schools and share best practice so that all students with diabetes get the care and support they need to get the best from their education.
“The Good Care in School Award will run until summer next year so it’s not too late for other parents, healthcare professionals and school staff to nominate their favourite schools who are providing outstanding care.”