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Safe in School

Louise and her daughter Jenny, who has Type 1 diabetes

12-year-old Jenny’s life was put in danger after a severe hypo at school, because her school didn’t know they needed a plan to care for children with medical conditions like Type 1 diabetes.

No child should have to suffer in school like Jenny did. That’s why, together with other members of the Health Conditions in School Alliance, we’re backing her mother Louise’s call for this to change as part of our Safe in School campaign.

Almost 50,000 people signed the petition, which we handed over to Parliament on 23 October 2017.

On the day more than 100 parents and children affected by Type 1 diabetes and other medical conditions joined us in Westminster, pressing their MPs to get behind the campaign - watch our video below.

Taking Safe in School to Parliament


Safe in school campaign

The Safe in School campaign is calling for better care in school for children with medical conditions

There are one million children in school right now, managing serious medical conditions. Sadly many of them are not getting the care they need in school because schools are not aware of what’s expected.

We asked schools across the country if they had a medical conditions policy in place, as they are legally required to. Shockingly only one in 10 could show that they had an adequate policy.

The changes we need

We want to see three simple changes that would make a big difference.

  1. We want Ofsted to tell their inspectors to routinely check school's medical conditions polices as part of their regular inspections.
  2. We want the Department for Education to change their guidance, so that all schools need to publish their medical conditions polices on their website.
  3. We want the Department for Education to do more to help schools understand their responsibilities and put together quality medical conditions policies.

Laws protecting children with Type 1 diabetes and other medical conditions was only introduced in 2014 due to the determination of campaigners like you. Now children need your help again to make sure the law is doing what is was supposed to: keeping children Safe in School.

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