Diabetes UK is gathering thousands of signatures on a petition to give children with diabetes more of a voice, and help highlight the needs of children and their families. More than three thousand people have now signed the petition, which will be handed in to the Government in the autumn.
The UK has one of the highest number of young people with diabetes in Europe, with around 25,000 under 25s diagnosed with Type 1.
What young people living with diabetes want
The Children’s Charter report was compiled after listening to the views of children, their parents and their doctors and nurses. The young people living with diabetes told us they want everyone to:
- Discrimination in society and education must end.
- We must have a say in decisions about our care.
- Choice of treatment options and an end to the postcode lottery.
- Services should work together to address our needs.
- All professionals who work with us should know about diabetes.
- Treatment by a children's diabetes specialist team near to our home.
- Information, education, emotional and psychological support.
- Schools must provide us with the help and support we need.
Improve care for us:
- School staff need training to support us with our diabetes.
- Transition from paediatric to adult services at the right time for us.
- A national database of children and young people with diabetes.