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Ask your MP to support schoolchildren with diabetes

We need your help to change the lives of thousands of children and young people with diabetes in schools across England.

Support for pupils with diabetes, other disabilities and health conditions is patchy.

Although some schools do a fantastic job of ensuring all pupils enjoy a full school life, this is far from universal.

All too often we hear of children with Type 1 diabetes being denied the school of their choice or having to change their insulin regimen to fit around school timetables regardless of what’s best for their diabetes control.

Some parents cannot work because they have to administer insulin to their child during the day where there is no provision at school.

To address the issue, schools, primary care trusts and local authorities must work together.

Private Members' Bill needs your MP's support

After meeting one of his young constituents with diabetes at our children’s lobby of Parliament last year, Jim Cunningham MP has introduced a Private Members’ Bill to address this issue. The Bill proposes to amend existing legislation to establish standards in schools for the support of children with specified health conditions, and place a duty on Ofsted to monitor whether this is provided.

Private Members’ Bills need significant support from MPs to have an impact.

What you can do

Please ask your MP to support the Schools (Health Support) Bill at its second reading, on 8 May 2009.

Sparing five minutes now could help to change the lives of thousands of children and young people in the future.

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