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New resources to improve support in school for children with diabetes

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Diabetes UK has launched two new information packs to help improve support for children with Type 1 diabetes in schools.The packs – one for schools and one for parents – have been produced following a change in the law that means schools in England are legally obliged to provide the support that children with medical conditions, including Type 1 diabetes, need to make the most of their time at school.When the change in the law comes into effect in September, schools will have to make sure they have individual healthcare plans and medical policies in place and  work closely with parents and relevant healthcare professionals such as Diabetes Specialist Nurses.

Free packs for schools and parents

Diabetes UK’s schools pack contains a guide and tips for schools on how to implement the new rules and includes: a sample medical conditions policy; information about the condition and how best to support children and young people who have it; and answers to important questions such as how to store insulin and what training staff might need.The parent’s pack contains a flyer setting out what care parents should expect from your child’s school. There are also resources to give to the child’s school, including a booklet about Type 1 diabetes and how to look after children with itDiabetes UK is also appealing to parents and carers to help make their schools aware of the new guidance and Diabetes UK’s free resources.Diabetes Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government, will be launching guidance for schools called “Making Connections” in the next two weeks.

“The new law is great news”

Bridget Turner, Diabetes UK Director of Policy and Care Improvement, said: “The change in the law is great news because it will help ensure children with diabetes get the support they need in school.“While the new law has the potential to make a huge difference, we recognise that some schools may be unsure about how best to implement these new rules.“We hope these new resources for schools and parents will help ensure that schools are able to support children with Type 1 diabetes so that they are able to make the most of their time at school. By working with parents and schools we can help ensure that children with diabetes get the best support possible.”Diabetes UK’s resources have been made possible as part of its national charity partnership with Tesco.

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