About the Award
The Diabetes UK Good Care in School Award is our exciting and innovative school award scheme that showcases and celebrates schools that provide good care and support to children with Type 1 diabetes. It was introduced in 2015 as part of our Type 1 diabetes: Make the grade campaign and has become a much valued and sought after honour.
Nominations for the 2018 Summer Award can be made anytime up until Friday 1 June 2018. Applications received after this date will be processed in the next round, which will be in September 2018.
Every primary, secondary, middle school and sixth form college, including state schools, academies, free maintained and private schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, are eligible for the Award.
There is no nomination fee.
The Good Care in School Award will be offered to schools who can show that they have:
- A coordinated and planned approach to the management of medical conditions.
- Individualised support and care for children with Type 1 diabetes.
- Staff who are trained, confident and competent at caring for a child with type 1 diabetes.
- Good partnerships and working relationships between schools, parents and healthcare workers.
Successful schools will be granted the Award for two years and will receive a trophy, Award branding for use on the school’s stationery and will be featured on the Good Diabetes Care in School Award Honour Wall.
The nomination process
Nominations can be made by:
- Parents/carers of children with Type 1 diabetes currently attending the nominated school.
- Parents/carers of children with Type 1 diabetes who attended the school within the previous school year.
- Healthcare professionals responsible for the clinical care of children who currently attend the nominated school.
- Healthcare professionals responsible for the clinical care of children attended the school within the previous school year.
- Staff member from the school.
- School governors
Anyone shown above can nominate a school. An Award application pack will be sent to the nominated school. The school are then responsible for completing the online award application.
If the person nominating is not a member of school staff, they should make sure that the school is happy to go ahead with the nomination as they will be responsible for completing the online application for the Award
Once nominated the school will receive an application pack containing 8 documents, to be read through in the following order:
- Applying for the award: four step guide for schools.
- Guidelines for school nominations.
- Frequently asked questions.
- List of award application questions.
- Guide to notifying parents and carers of your school nomination.
- School nomination support form for the parent/carer to fill in.
- School nomination support form for the healthcare professional to fill in.
- Sample medical conditions policy.
The online award application can only be completed by the nominated school. Schools should start by reading through all the documents in the award application pack in numerical order.
Schools need to be aware that the child or children concerned must support the nomination to be considered for the award.
At least one parent/carer of a child with Type 1 diabetes who attends the school or who attended the school in the previous school year is required to support the nomination.
The supporting parent/carer must complete the parent and carer school nomination support form. The school is responsible for making sure that at least one parent or carer completes this form and returns it to the school and included in the award application. If there is more than one child with Type 1 diabetes attending the school, the form can be completed by more than one parent or carer but this is optional and not required.
At least one healthcare professional responsible for the clinical care of a child with Type 1 diabetes who attends the nominated school (or who attended the school in the previous school year) is required to support the nomination.
The healthcare professional who supports the application must complete the healthcare professional school nomination support form. The school is responsible to make sure that at least one healthcare professional (ideally a paediatric diabetes specialist clinician) completes this form and returns it to the school, so that it can be included in the award application. If there is more than one child with Type 1 diabetes attending the school then the form can be completed by more than one healthcare professional, but this is optional and not required.
Have your supporting documents ready and tell all parents about your nomination.
To see what should be included in the Medical Conditions Policy click here.
Nominated schools must tell all parents of children who attend their school of their nomination. See document five – Guide to notifying parents and carers of your school nomination for details on how to do this.
Doing your Award application
We estimate that it will take around half a day to gather the supporting documents and complete the award application. You can apply for the award online. This should take 10–15 minutes.
The online application form will prompt you to upload your supporting documents. If you experience problems uploading the documents online, call 0345 123 2399
Once you are happy that you have answered all the questions correctly in the online award application, click on this button: Submit my award application This will complete your application and you will no longer be able to make changes.
Nomination assessment process
Completed online award applications will be reviewed and assessed by the Diabetes UK Good Diabetes Care in School Award Assessment Panel. The panel comprises of members from the Make the grade campaign team and trained volunteer assessors.
We may contact the nominated school and/or the supporting parent/carer and/ or the supporting healthcare professional to verify aspects of the award application.
Successful schools will be announced on 22 June 2018 by email, through social media channels and on the Good Diabetes Care in School webpage.
Successful schools will be notified by email and will be sent a Good Diabetes Care in School Award Pack including:
- A Good Diabetes Care in School trophy and certificate (valid for two years)
- The Good Diabetes Care in School Award brand artwork and guidelines for use of the Award brand on the school’s stationery.
- Guidance on the conditions of the award.
- A school fundraising pack.
- Contact details for their local Diabetes UK regional office.
- A list of reference materials and contacts for caring for children with Type 1 diabetes.
- An authorisation form requesting the school’s permission to be included on the Diabetes UK list of diabetes contact schools.
After 12 months, we will contact successful schools to review their award status and ensure that they continue to meet the award criteria.