Diabetes booklet for schools
has been published
A free booklet for schools containing
essential information about diabetes has been published by a charity.
The InDependent Diabetes Trust has released the 16 page information document as
part of a campaign to drive up standards of care for pupils with diabetes in
light of recent legislation.
The publication:- 'Diabetes – What Schools Need To Know', compliments the Parents
Passport for Schools, which was also launched by the charity last year to help
schools improve diabetes care.
The new booklet is a resource for teachers and school staff, providing them with
general information about diabetes and tips about managing the condition in the
It covers key facts, including the difference between Type 1 and Type 2
diabetes, as well as sections on using insulin, diet and carbohydrates, exercise
and blood glucose testing. Information on hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, stress
and communication are also included.
Martin Hirst, chief executive of the charity, said:-
"We have been asked
to develop a resource for teachers and school staff, to give them information in
general about diabetes and some tips about managing the condition in the school
This booklet looks at not just the practical side of managing diabetes but also
the emotional effect it can have on everyone involved, with the aim of
minimising the impact that living with the condition can have.
We hope this booklet, alongside the passport, will prove to be valuable tools
for teachers with a child with diabetes in their charge, school nurses and
specialist educational needs (SEN) co-ordinators."
A legal duty for schools in England to support youngsters with long-term health
conditions, including Type 1 diabetes, was introduced at the beginning of the
2014/15 school year.
Under the Children and Families Act 2014, schools need to have a medical
conditions policy in place, along with an individual healthcare plan for any
children with Type 1 diabetes.
In response, the Parents Passport for Schools was launched in May 2015 and so
far more than 7,000 copies have been sent out.
It provides a means by which parents can formally let schools know how to manage
their child's diabetes and in turn support schools to comply with SEN
regulations, as well as informing teachers about the condition. The latest
publication is designed to work alongside the passport.
IDDT, an International charity based in Northampton, has over 17,000 members and
works across the globe helping families and people with diabetes to manage their
condition and live positive, healthy lives.
The charity provides a free, confidential helpline, has published dozens of
helpful publications, stages events and lobbies the government on behalf of
people with diabetes.
To order free copies of:- 'Diabetes – What Schools Need To Know' and the:-
Passport for Schools', call:- 01604 622837 or email:-
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